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Detailed record for Burney 147

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Title De amicitia
Origin Italy
Date 15th century
Language Latin
Script Semi-humanistic, written 'above top line'
Decoration 1 large initial, in blue with infill and flourishing in red (f. 1). Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 215 x 140 (115 x 70)
Official foliation ff. v + 60 (ff. i-v and 56-60 are modern paper flyleaves)
Collation: i16 (ff. 1-16), ii16-1 (1st leaf missing; ff. 17-31), iii16 (ff. 32-47), iv8 (ff. 48-55).
Collation i16 (ff. 1-16), ii16-1 (1st leaf missing; ff. 17-31), iii16 (ff. 32-47), iv8 (ff. 48-55).
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Sicily' binding of polished brown calf (typical of manuscripts bought by Burney at Sotheby's, 19 April 1817, which included books said to have been imported from Sicily); flyleaves with watermark of 'W Turner & Son', dated c.1817.
Provenance Unidentified reader, 16th century: at the end of the text is added 'Virginis intacte cum veneris ante figuram/ Pretereundo cave. ne sileatur ave' (see Hans Walther, Initia carminum ac versuum medii aevi posterioris latinorum: Alphabetisches Verzeichnis der Versanfänge mittellateinischer Dichtungen, Carmina Medii Aevi Posterioris Latina, 1 (Göttingen: Vanderhoeck and Ruprecht, 1959), no. 20471).
Charles Burney (b. 1757, d. 1817), D.D., classical scholar.
Acquired by the British Museum as part of Burney’s library from his son Charles Parr Burney in 1818.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part II: The Burney Manuscripts (1840), p. 51.
Last revised: 31 January 2005


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Flourished initial

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Flourished initial
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f. 1
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f. 55v
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