MS. Bodl. 972
Summary Catalogue no.: 28066
Arnold von Harff, Reisebericht; Germany, 1554
Letter from Karl Etter presenting the book to the Bodleian; dated 5 November 1813.
Fols. 1v-2v blank.
Note on the maternal descent of the author. In a different, later hand to that of the main text. The bottom part of the page is missing, and has been replaced by later paper.
The Travels of Arnolt van Harffe from Cologne to Italy, Egypt, Palestine and India, and back by Madagascar, the Upper Nile, Constantinople, and France, in 1496-99. These are illustrated with 47 coloured drawings.
Ed. E. von Groote, Die Pilgerfahrt des Ritters Arnold von Harff (Cologne 1860). (Without reference to this manuscript).
Fols. 163r-166v, 167v blank.
F. W. van Klipping, autograph poem, in German, of nine lines, bearing the Latin title of Memento nouissima (et) in Aeternum non peccabis with a drawing of an hourglass. After the author’s signature follows Die zeitt anderet alles. A(nn)o · 1654 den 4. januarij and the monograph FWVK.
1 col., c. 29-34 lines.
Miniatures (coloured drawings), good initial. Copy of an original of c. 1500. (P&A i. 190, pl. XIV)
Thirty-nine coloured miniatures (pen drawings).
Blind-rolled leather over boards. One of the roulettes employed bears LEX prosenpata, 1563, P.B, others mors ero mors tva, and Ecce virgo conci (with '1563 NP'), in combination with religious subjects, also in the centre of one panel is a small crucifix with O iesv FILI dei, all gilt. 'A° 1580' is also stamped on a panel, possibly an addition. The edges are partly chamfered, and one of the two clasps is lost.
Provenance and Acquisition
In 1654 the book was owned by F. W. van Klipping, who wrote some verses etc. on fol. 167.
On the inner front cover are an inscription and a printed bookplate, both nearly erased, and on fol. 1 is an English letter from Karl Etter of London, presenting the volume and his Russian Diploma (not found) to the Library, Nov. 5, 1813.
Acquired in 1813.
Last Substantive Revision
2020-10-27: Revised for Polonsky German digitization project to incorporate additional information from description by Stephen Mossman.