Johannes Cuno (1463–1513) was a Dominican friar and humanist from Nuremberg. He travelled to Italy around 1500, where he studied Greek with the scribe and scholar Marcus Musurus, and was involved in the circle of Aldus Manutius. This manuscript is a notebook belonging to Cuno, containing miscellaneous extracts from Greek and Latin authors, as well as notes on grammar and metre. It is an invaluable source of information about intellectual life in Europe in the early decades of print. In addition to Cuno himself, notes in the hand of Musurus and others can be detected in the volume, exemplifying the collaborative and open nature of scholarship in this period.
The manuscript formerly belonged to Thomas Howard (1585–1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk. The Arundel collection was presented to the Royal Society in 1667, and was purchased by the British Museum in 1831.
- Article by:
- Eugenia Russell
- The makers of Greek manuscripts, Scholarship, The Greek World
The development of printing in the 15th century signalled huge changes for the spread of Greek knowledge in Western Europe. Here, Eugenia Russell describes the key events in the early years of Greek printed books.