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Detailed record for Burney 250

Author Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Pseudo-Seneca
Title Tragoediae : Hercules furens (ff. 5-29), Thyestes (ff. 29-50), Phoenissae (ff. 50v-62v), Phaedra (ff. 63-86), Oedipus (ff. 86v-106), Troades (ff. 106v-128), Medea (ff. 128v-147v), Agamemnon (ff. 148-166), Octavia (ff. 167-185), Hercules Oetaeus (ff. 185v-221v)
Origin Italy, Central (San Gimignano)
Date 1387
Language Latin
Script Semi-humanistic
Decoration Large initials unfinished or in brown ink. Small initials in blue with red penwork. 1 diagram showing the family relationship of Nero and Claudius (f. 166v). Some marginal sketches (e.g. ff. 76v, 81v, 82, 94).
Dimensions in mm 225 x 150 (150 x 85)
Official foliation ff. v + 229 + 3* + 13* (f. 225 is Burney's table of contents; ff. iii-iv and 226-227 are parchment; ff. i-ii and 228-229 are modern paper)
Collation i five (ff. 1-4), ii-xviii12 (ff. 5-207), xix18-2 (last 2 leaves missing, probably blank; ff. 208-223).
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Written by Bartolomeo of San Gimigniano in 1387: 'Per me Bartholomeum conplete fuerunt iste Tragedie M.CCC.lxxxvij inditione [sic] deci(m)a mensis Junij decima sexta die In santo geminiano ad vesperas presentibus testibus …' (colophon in red and blue, f. 222; see Bénédictins du Bouveret, Colophons de manuscrits occidentaux des origines au XVIe siècle, 6 vols (Fribourg: Éditions universitaires, 1965-1982), I, no. 1681; cf. I, no. 1786).
James Edwards (b. 1756, d. 1816), book collector and bookseller: his sale, 5 April 1815 lot 319, bought by Payne for £4 10s.
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), pp. 64-5.

The Palaeographic Society: Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions, Second series, ed. by Edward Augustus Bond, Edward Maunde Thompson, and George Frederic Warner, (London: Cloves and Sons, 1884-1894), II, pl. 95.

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. 509.

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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f. 5
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Coloured initial

f. 94
Coloured initial
Decorated initials

f. 220v
Decorated initials
 
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f. 220v
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