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Detailed record for Burney 175

ff. 1-2 
Title List of chapters
 
ff. 3-202v 
Author Aulus Gellius
Title Noctes Atticae, with list of chapters (ff. 1-2)
 
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date c. 1465 - c. 1470
Language Latin
Script Humanistic, written 'below top line'
Scribe Antonio Tophio
Artists Attributed to Niccolò Polani
Dimensions in mm 355 x 235 (235 x 135)
Official foliation ff. 202 (preceded and followed by unfoliated flyleaves)
Collation i2 (ff. 1-2), ii-xxi10 (ff. 3-202).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. French red morocco; gilt spine; marbled endpapers; gilt edges over red and green speckling; 18th century.
Provenance Unidentified owner: with their overpainted arms, perhaps paly, gules and an uncertain tincture (f. 3), perhaps the same as in Cambridge, University Library, MS. Add. 4095 (written in Rome in 1466), by the same scribe and illuminator, and Milan, Bibl. Ambrosiana, A 243 inf., according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library.
Ludovico Maria Sforza (b. 1451, d. 1508), after he became Duke of Bari in 1479: with his arms over those of the former owner, flanked by letters spelling ‘DVX LV[DOVICO] M[ARIA] BARI’ (f. 3).
? Guillaume de Rochefort (d. 1492) and Gui de Rochefort (d. 1507), Chancellors of France: inscribed with a long note in defective Latin, apparently dated 1510 (corrected from 1540) (f. 2v), apparently written by a descendant who signs the note 'Rochefort'.
Franciscus Töpsl (b. 1711, d. 1796), Provost of the Canons Regular at Polling, in the diocese of Augsburg: his bookplate stuck to the front pastedown.
Unidentified French bookseller(?), 19th century: inscribed with notes in French, in pencil (verso of first flyleaf).
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. 54, pl. 4.

W. R. Tymms and M. D. Wyatt, The Art of Illuminating as Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times (London: Day and Sons, 1860; repr. Studio Editions, 1987), pl. XV.8.

Léopold Delisle, Le Cabinet des Manuscrits de la Bibliothèque [Impériale] Nationale: Étude sur la formation de ce dépôt 3 vols (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1868-1881), I (1868), 138.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), p 19, no. 281.

Élisabeth Pellegrin, La bibliothèque des Visconti et des Sforza ducs de Milan, au XVe siècle, Publications de l’Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, 5 (Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1955), p. 365.

Alfred Fairbank, ‘Antonio Tophio’, Journal of the Society of Italic Handwriting, 45 (1965), 8-14 (p. 8 and pls 1-2).

J. J. G. Alexander, ‘A MS of Petrarch’s Rime and Trionfi (V&A MS. L101-1947)’, Victoria and Albert Museum Yearbook, 2 (1970), 27-40 (pp. 34 and 39 n. 35).

A. C. de la Mare, ‘Script and Manuscripts in Milan Under the Sforzas’, Milano nell’ età di Ludovico il Moro: atti del convegno internazionale, 28 febbraio - 4 marzo 1983 (Milan: Rizzoli, 1983), pp. 399-408 (pp. 399-400 and n. 15).

A. C. de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Minatura fiorentina del rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed by A. Garzelli and A. C. de la Mare, Inventari e cataloghi toscani, 18-19, 2 vols ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, 395-421 (p. 439 n. 141).

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum. A finding list of uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued humanistic manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other libraries, 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1963; repr. 1977-1997) IV (Alia Itinera II): Great Britain to Spain (1989), p. 134.

Albinia de la Mare, 'Bartolomeo Sanvito da Padova, copista e miniatore', in Giordana Canova Mariani and others, eds., Parole dipinte: La miniatura a Padova dal Medioevo al Settecento (Modena: Franco Cosimo Panini, 1999), pp. 495-511 (p. 499).

The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West, ed. by Paul Binski and Stella Panayotova (London: Harvey Miller, 2005), p. 345.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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Aulus Gellius Noctes Atticae, with list of chapters (ff. 1-2)
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