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Detailed record for Burney 208

Author Valerius Maximus
Title Facta et dicta memorabilia
Origin Italy
Date 1400
Language Latin
Script Semi-humanistic, written by more than one scribe
Decoration 6 large white vine initials in colours and gold (ff. 1, 20, 31v, 44v, 57, 67). Large and small initials in yellow and red on a blue and red field with foliate decoration.
Dimensions in mm 335 x 230 (220 x 135)
Official foliation ff. vi + 100 (ff. i-vi, 97-100 are flyleaves; f. 96 is Burney's table of contents)
Collation i-ix10 (ff. 1-90), x five (ff. 91-95).
Form Parchment codex.
Binding Post-1600. Burney binding of brown calf; the tail edge inscribed; rebacked in 1963.
Provenance Scribal colophon dated April 1400: ‘Explicit liber ualerij maximi de memoralib(us) [sic] dictis et factis Romanoru(m) &c. anno domi[ni] Mo.cccco. xxix mensis aprilis etcetera.’ (f. 94).
Unidentified Italian owner: ‘Nota e intendi che in questo ualerio sono cento sete carte cumquelle chi non sono scrite senza quele chi non sono scrite sono cento dos’ and ‘Questo libro sie mio de p…ta(?) di p...i amicisimo quanto fratello di [alb?]nino partesana di tuti li soi amicj e sono euoglio e’e semper maj’ (some words erased, f. 95v).
'Iste liber est mei Poeta S...' transliterated into Greek (last two words erased, radings uncertain, f. 95v).
Unidentified owner: with their oval ink stamp (erased, f. 1).
Unidentified English book-seller(?): ‘£2-0-0’ inscribed by the same hand as in Burney 142, 165, 168, etc. (f. 95v).
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. 58.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), no. 287.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 503, II, no. 303.

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: The Warburg Institute, 1963; repr. 1977-1997) IV (Alia Itinera II): Great Britain to Spain (1989), p. 132.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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Decorated initials

f. 1
Decorated initials
Detail

f. 1
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Decorated initials

f. 3v
Decorated initials
 
Illuminated initial

ff. 9v-10
Illuminated initial
Illuminated initial

f. 20
Illuminated initial
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f. 20
Detail
 
Illuminated initial

f. 31v
Illuminated initial
Colophon

f. 94
Colophon

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