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Detailed record for Arundel 11

Author John Whethamstede and others
Title Historical and theological miscellany, including excerpts from the Granarium, part II, and a commentary on Sacrobosco's De sphaera (ff. 183-198)
Origin England
Date between 1440 and 1447 or after 1465
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 partial border and puzzle initial in blue and gold, with penwork flowers (f. 9). 1 puzzle initial in blue and red with foliate penwork decoration and pen-flourishing (f. 183). 3 initials in blue with red foliate or geometric penwork decoration and pen-flourishing (f. 45, 48, 50v). Simple initials in blue (ff. 164-175v). 1 simple initial in red (f. 207). 1 diagram (f. 206). Unfinished (spaces left for initials). Cadels.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 180 (170 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 182 (+ unfoliated modern paper flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1948.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St Albans, Hertfordshire: listed in the book list of John Whethamstede [Bostock] (b. 1392, d. 1465), scholar and abbot of St Albans (1420-1440, 1447-1465), in Cotton Otho B iv, partly printed by T. Tanner, Bibliotheca Britannico-Hibernica (1748) pp. 441-42.
John Stephynson (?): inscription (f. 9).
William Wallerns (?): inscribed after the Stephynson inscription 'ex eodem ego emi Will(ia)m Wallenus (?) (f. 9).
Guilielmum Vallansu(m) (?): inscription (f. 181v).
'Henry Watts of Westonyng Inche' (?): inscription (f. 182).
Lord William Howard (b. 1563, d. 1640), antiquary and landowner, the younger son of Thomas Howard (b. 1538, d. 1572), 4th duke of Norfolk: his signature 'William Howarde 1589 (f. 9); black ink drawing of a lion rampant (f. 1v) and index. Note that he also purchased Whethamstede's chronicle, London, College of Arms, Arundel 3, in 1589 (see Howlett 1974).
? Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician.
Henry Howard (b. 1628, d. 1684), 6th duke of Norfolk, presented to the Royal Society in 1667.
The Royal Society, London: its ink stamp 'Soc. Reg. Lond / ex dono HENR. HOWARD / Norfolciensis.' (f. 2); its shelfmark in pencil 'XV: 8:16' (f. i).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes 15th century notes in a hand similar to those in Oxford, Bodleian, Bodl. MS 585, which includes the Granarium of John Whethamstede, according to Howlett 1974 p. 199.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part I: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 3.

D. R. Howlett, 'A St Albans Historical Miscellany of the Fifteenth Century', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 69 (1974), 195-200 (p. 199).

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books ed. by N. R. Ker, Supplement to the Second Edition, ed. by Andrew G. Watson, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 15 (London: The Royal Historical Society, 1987), p. 59.

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), 126.

Emil J. Polak, Medieval and Renaissance Letter Treatises and Form Letters: A Census of Manuscripts Found in Part of Western Europe, Japan, and the United States of America, Davis Medieval Texts and Studies, 9 (Leiden: Brill, 1994), p. 318.

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), I, 66 n. 11.

Richard Ovenden, ‘The libraries of the antiquaries (c. 1580-1640) and the idea of a national collection’, in The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, ed. by Elisabeth Leedham-Green and Teresa Webber, 3 vols (Cambridge: University Press, 2006), Vol I: To 1640, pp. 527-61 (p. 533).


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f. 183
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f. 183
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