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Detailed record for Burney 244

Author Marcus Fabius Quintilianus
Title Institutiones
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1440 - c. 1450
Language Latin, with a few words in Greek
Script Semi-humanistic; ff. 1v and 213-214 in Humanistic
Artists Possibly attributable to Gioacchino, according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library.
Decoration One large historiated initial with three-sided white vine border incorporating putti supporting heraldic arms, all in colours and gold (f. 2). 11 large white vine initials at the beginning of the remaining books (ff. 21v, 39, 57, 72v, 94, 109, 124, 140v, 162, 177, 196). Small initials in plain blue.
Dimensions in mm 325 x 235 (215 x 135)
Official foliation ff. iii + 218 + 149* (ff. i-iii and 216-218 are flyleaves)
Collation (based partly on catchwords): i14+1 (first leaf inserted; ff. 1-15), ii-iii10 (ff. 16-35), iv6 (ff. 36-41), v-xx10 (ff. 42-200), xxi8 (ff. 201-208), xxii4 (ff. 209-212), xxiii three (structure uncertain; ff. 213-215).
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 Unidentified owner: with his arms azure, a lion rampant vert tongued gules, holding a branch vert (f. 2; identified in the Catalogue of Manuscripts…, I, part II, 1840, p. 63, probably incorrectly, as of the Scaglione family).
‘Jacobo de ayello’, 17th century? (f. 213v); a letter to to Jacubus de Aiello, O.M., is in Holkham Hall MS 483 (according to 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. 45).
Anthony Askew (bap. 1722, d. 1772), physician and book collector: his sale, 7 March 1785, lot 517, bought by Catomy for £2 15s.
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. 63.

Jean Cousin, Recherches sur Quintilien: manuscrits et éditions (Paris: Société d'Édition les belles lettres, 1975), p. 117.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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