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Detailed record for Burney 153

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Title De finibus (ff. 1-94), Disputationes tusculanae (ff. 95-190v)
Origin Italy, N. E. (Veneto)
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Semi-humanistic, written 'below top line'
Decoration 10 large foliate initials, in colours on a gold field, at the beginning of each book (ff. 1, 15v, 40v, 56v, 72v, 95, 119v, 133, 150v, 168), the first with matching partial borders incorporating heraldic arms. The initial in each of the two texts are in slightly different styles.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 165 (145 x 80)
Official foliation ff. iii + 193 + 94*, 94** (ff. i-iii and 191-193 are paper and parchment flyleaves)
Collation i-xii8 (ff. 1-94**), xiii-xxiv8 (ff. 95-190).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Typical Askew binding of diced brown leather, with the usual 'palmette and fleurs-de-lis' gilt roll, marbled endpapers, and parchment flyleaves; gilt edges; rebacked.
Provenance A member of the Gonzaga family, after 1432, with the family's arms, as used between 1433 and 1530 (f. 1; cf. Burney 154 and Burney 159).
? Bartolomeo Marasca, master of the household (between 1462 and 1469) of Cardinal Francesco Gonzaga (b. 1444, d. 1483): inscribed 'YHC bartholomeus marascha' (f. 57, upper margin).
Anthony Askew (bap. 1722, d. 1774), physician and book collector: bound for him; his sale, 7 March 1785, lot 448, bought by Burrell for £3 15s.
Sir William Burrell (b. 1732, d. 1796) 2nd baronet, antiquary: his sale, 2 May 1796, lot 440, sold for £1 8s.
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.

Mostra dei codici gonzagheschi: La biblioteca dei Gonzaga da Luigi I ad Isabella. Biblioteca comunale 18 Settembre - 10 Ottobre, ed. by Ubaldo Meroni (Mantua:[Cuneo], 1966), p. 37 no. 3, p. 52 no. 18, and pl. 94.
Last revised: 05 January 2005


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Foliate initial and border, with arms

f. 1
Foliate initial and border, with arms
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f. 1
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f. 1
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Decorated initial

f. 56v
Decorated initial
Foliate initial

f. 72v
Foliate initial
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f. 72v
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Decorated initial

f. 95
Decorated initial
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f. 95
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