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Detailed record for Burney 340

Author Origen
Title Homiliae in numeri 15-19
Origin France, N. (Corbie?)
Date Last quarter of the 7th century
Language Latin
Script Uncial (Merovingian), with rustic capitals
Decoration Coloured display script for the title, explicit, and certain beginnings of homilies. Large coloured initials, some zoomorphic with fish or a bird. Simple coloured letters at the beginning of paragraphs.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 225 (235 x 165)
Official foliation ff. v + 60 (ff. i* and iii are parchment flyleaves backed with silk; ff. ii and 60* are parchment flyleaves, and f. i is a paper flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Crimson velvet with grey silk doublures over wooden boards; crimson and gilt edges; there is an earlier binding structure under the current binding.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St-Pierre, Corbie, France, 12th century: inscribed 'lib(er) s(ancti) pet(ri) corbeie' (f. 1).
The Benedictine abbey of St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris: transferred there in 1638, with a 18th century French note regarding the manuscript’s provenance (f. ir-v), and 'No. 197' (f. 1, lower left corner).
? The abbey of St-Laurence (18th century French note regarding the manuscript’s provenance, f. ir-v).
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 Part of the original manuscript was acquired by Peter Dubrovsky, now St. Petersburg, MS. Lat. F v I 4; off-set of the former subsequent text visible on f. 60*.
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. 91, pl. 3.

[E. Maunde Thompson and G. F. Warner], Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1881-1884), Part II Latin, p. 49.

Codices Latini Antiquiores, ed. by E. A. Lowe, 11 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934-1966), II: Great Britain and Ireland (1935), p. 19, no. 182.

Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1884), II, p. 49, pl. 5.

Léopold Delisle, Le Cabinet des Manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Impériale [Nationale]: Étude sur la formation de ce dépôt 3 vols (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1868-1881), II (1884), pp. 427-40 (pp. 428, no. 28; 431 no. 230) [Appendice I: Bibliothèque de Corbie: XIe et XIIe siècle].

E. H. Zimmermann, Vorkarolingische Miniaturen, Denkmäler Deutscher Kunst: Malerei, 3 (Berlin: Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft, 1916), pp. 73, 201.

A. Wilmart, ‘La collection des 38 homélies latines de saint Jean Chrysostome’, The Journal of Theological Studies, 19 (1918), 305-27 (p. 327 n. 2).

Leslie Webber Jones, ‘Pricking Manuscripts: The Instruments and their Significance’, Speculum: A Journal of Mediaeval Studies, 21 (1946), 389-403 (p. 393 n. 17).

Leslie Webber Jones, ‘The Scriptorium at Corbie: II. The Script and the Problems’, Speculum: A Journal of Mediaeval Studies, 22 (1947), 375-94 (pp. 381, 387) [a translation of Delisle].

Elias Avery Lowe, The Oldest Omission Signs in Latin Manuscripts: Their Origin and Significance, Miscellanea Giovanni Mercati, VI, Studi e Testi, 126 (Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1966), pp. 37-38, no. 144.

C. de Merindol, La production des livres peints à l’Abbaye de Corbie, 3 vols (Lille, 1976), III, 1094-7.

David Ganz, Corbie in the Carolingian Renaissance, Beihefte der Francia, 20 (Sigmaringen: Jan Thorbecki, 1990), pp. 40-41, 126.

Michelle P. Brown and Patricia Lovett, The Historical Source Book for Scribes (London: British Library, 1999), pl. on p. 40.

Leuven Database of Ancient Books,< http://ldab.arts.kuleuven.ac.be/index.html> [accessed 15 July 2004].
Last revised: 14 February 2005


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