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Detailed record for Burney 243

Author Marcus Fabius Quintilianus
Title Institutiones, followed (ff. 235-237) by other short texts
Origin Italy, N. (Milan)
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin, with some words in Greek
Script Semi-humanistic
Decoration 12 large initials in gold on a coloured ground with foliate decoration (ff. 1, 25, 46v, 66, 82v, 105v, 122, 139, 156v, 181v, 197v, 218). Small initials alternately in blue with red penwork decoration, or red with purple penwork, the infill usually foliate but sometimes in the form of fish.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 210 (195 x 130)
Official foliation ff. v + 242 (ff. i-v, 238-242 are flyleaves; ff. iv-v, 238-239 are parchment)
Collation i-iii10 (ff. 1-30), iv four (31-34); v8 (ff. 35-42); vi five (ff. 43-47), vii-xxv10 (ff. 48-237).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Typical Askew binding of diced calf, with the usual 'palmette and fleur-de-lys' gilt roll, marbled endpapers and parchment flyleaves; rebacked.
Provenance Written by a scribe who also wrote Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, MS. B. 153 sup., which is textually a twin; Bibl. Ambrosiana, MS. C. 55; and Oxford, Magdalen College MS. 83, which is dated 1428; according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library.
Pomponio Leto (Julius Pomponius Laetus) (b. 1428, d. 1498): annotated in Latin and Greek by several humanistic hands, including Leto's (e.g. f. 144v, top margin).
Mario Maffei (b. 1463, d. 1537): with the usual ‘De figli …’ inscription on a former flyleaf (now Burney 276, f. 44v; cf. Burney 214).
Anthony Askew (b. 1722, d. 1774), physician and book collector; bound for him: his sale, 7 March 1785, lot 516, bought by Monro for £3 10s.
John Monro (b. 1715, d. 1791), physician and specialist in insanity: his sale, 23 April 1792, lot 3406.
Unidentified book-seller(s): ‘No. 89’ (f. i verso, upper left), and ‘B./tr/-’ (f. ii, upper left corner).
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.
Notes Gathering v (ff. 35-42) inserted, written in late 15th- or early 16th-century humanistic cursive script.
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. 63.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), no. 292.

Jean Cousin, Recherches sur Quintilien: manuscrits et éditions (Paris: Société d'Édition les belles lettres, 1975), p. 77.

Mirella Ferrari, ‘Fra i “Latini scriptores” di Pier Candido Decembrio e biblioteche umanistiche milanesi: codici di Vitruvio e Quintiliano’, in Vestigia: studi in onore di Giuseppe Billanovich, ed. by Rino Avesani and others, Storia e letteratura, 162-163 (Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 1984), I, 247-96 (pp. 288-96 and pl. V).

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. 133.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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