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Detailed record for Arundel 13

Author Marco Polo
Title Conditionibus et consuetudinibus orientalium regionum
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 5 large decorated initials, the first with a full border, the others a partial border, in colours (ff. 1, 2, 15, 28, 38v). Small initials in blue with foliate pen-flourishing in red. 1 marginal hybrid in red (f. 30v).
Dimensions in mm 265 x 190 (185 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 51 (+ 4 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 ruled medieval parchment and 4 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance ? Lord William Howard (b. 1563, d. 1640), antiquary and landowner, the younger son of Thomas Howard (b. 1538, d. 1572), 4th duke of Norfolk: rampant lion crest (f. 1); bequeathed to his nephew, Thomas Howard.
? 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. 1).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part 1: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 3.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), p. 17 no. 248.
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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Decorated initial and border

f. 1
Decorated initial and border
Detail: Decorated initial and border

f. 1
Detail: Decorated initial and border
Decorated initial and border

f. 28
Decorated initial and border
 
Detail: Decorated initial and border

f. 28
Detail: Decorated initial and border
Marginal hybrid

f. 30v
Marginal hybrid

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