You never know what you will find here…
Lisa.Ford | January 24, 2013
As mentioned in a previous post, an historian can travel far and wide looking for material pertinent to their research. It’s also one of the quirks of Yale that you can invariably find items here in the Yale Center for British Art collections, and in the Yale collections in general, relevant to just about any query.
When I began working on the project, and searched our collections here for books and objects relating to the history of the Howards, among other things I found an edition in the YCBA’s Rare Books and Manuscripts collection of The History and Antiquities of the Castle and Town of Arundel, the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk for nearly nine centuries.
In itself this volume is not unusual…but upon examination our version turned out not to be simply a copy of the work, but one that had been disbound and remounted as four large folio volumes with a plethora of new materials added by someone along the way.
The additional items included tipped-in prints and engravings of the people mentioned on the text pages, from monarchs to Howards; various views of Arundel Castle, including original watercolors; a bundle of documents including a page titled ‘Directions to Bookbinders’, apparently annotated by the Henry Howard who wrote Memorials of the Howard Family; plates from various sources showing the tombs and effigies of the Earls of Arundel and the Howards, including the effigy of the Countess of Surrey on the Framlingham tomb; signatures of various Howards, both in facsimile and as fragments from original documents and letters, and much more.
As an enhanced compendium of the history of the Howard and Arundel families, both in text and image it is a splendid resource, and one that deserves further study. Another project to be considered for the future!