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Detailed record for Burney 214

Author Orosius
Title Historia adversus paganos (ff. 11-90), preceded by a chapter list (ff. 4-10v)
Origin Switzerland, N. (Basle), or Germany, S.
Date c. 1434 (before 1435)
Language Latin
Script Semi-humanistic
Decoration 1 large historiated initial with partial border, in colours and gold (f. 4). Large puzzle initials in red and blue, with red and mauve penwork infill and flourishing, and a yellow wash, at the beginnings of books (ff. 11, 19v, 26, etc.). Small initials alternately red with blue penwork decoration, or vice versa.
Dimensions in mm 295 x 210 (210 x 150) in two columns
Official foliation ff. iv + 95 (ff. i-iv, 91-95 are flyleaves; ff. iii-iv, 92-93 are parchment)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Inscribed on the lower edge of the leaves.
Provenance Francesco Marerio (d. 1442), bishop of Brescia (between 1418 and 1442): inscribed in humanistic script ‘Pauli Orosii viri eruditissimi liber hystoriar(um) aduersus Paganoru(m) Calumnias; scriptus Basilee [Basle] anno d(omi)ni n(ost)ri Iesuchristi Na(tivita)tis 1434 Francisci de Marerio Ep(iscop)i Brixien(s)is [followed by a three-line erasure, perhaps ending with a date: die 7 … 144… (?)]’ (f. 3v; see 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, 166; cf. Vienna, ÖNB, Cod. 618, signed by Marerio in 1440).
Mario Maffei (b. 1463, d. 1537), of Volterra: inscribed ‘De figli et h(er)edi di M. Mario Maffei’ (f. 4).
Anthony Askew (b. 1722, d. 1772), physician and book collector: his sale, 7 March 1785, lot 499, bought by Marsh for £1 15s.
Charles Marsh (b. 1735, d. 1812), F.S.A.; his sale, 1 February 1816, lot 990.
Charles Burney (b. 1757, d. 1817), D.D., classical scholar.
Purchased for the British Museum from Charles Parr Burney, son of Charles Burney, D.D., in 1818.
Notes ff. 1-2 are two inserted paper leaves with 18th-century notes in English on Orosius, perhaps in the hand of Anthony Askew.
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. 59.

B. L. Ullman, 'Codices Maffeiani', in Studies in the Italian Renaissance (Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 1955), pp. 373-82 (p. 374, no. 8).

José Ruysschaert, 'Recherche des deux bibliothèques romaines Maffei des XVe et XVIe siècles', La Bibliofilia, 60 (1958), 306-33 (p. 323, no. 25).

J. M. Bately and D. J. A. Ross, 'A Checklist of Manuscripts of Orosius "Historiarum Adversum Paganos Libri Septem"', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 15 (1961), 329-34 (no. 72).

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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