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Detailed record for Burney 352

Author Lorenzo Valla
Title De elegantia linguae latinae, imperfect
Origin Germany or Austria (close to Melk?)
Date c. 1473
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large initials, most simple penwork initials in red or dark brown ink; two decorated with penwork ornamentation including human faces (ff. 2, 4), many not completed.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 215 (200 x 125)
Official foliation ff. iii + 149 (ff. i-iii and 147-149 are paper flyleaves)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600 binding. Light brown leather, 18th century, rebacked; border tooled in gold.
Provenance Formerly bound with Burney 137, 265 and 272, which have similar scripts and the same annotator; one of the texts in Burney 137 was written by 'Bolfgangus' (?) in 1473 (f. 60), and Burney 272 includes a charter in German dated Melk, Saint George's day 1399.
Included in the anonymous sale ‘A gentleman of taste: Manuscripts etc. purchased on late tour of the Continent’ 1 May 1804, lot 69, (bound with Burney 137, 272, and 352, when the order of texts was Vergil, Cicero, Terence, Valla), bought by Burney.
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 Watermark of scales in a circle (f. 1), similar to C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier dès leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600, A Facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. by Allan Stevenson, 4 vols (Amsterdam: Paper Publications Society, 1968), no. 2490 (dated 1467 to Bavaria).
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. 94.

G. L. Bursill-Hall, A Census of Medieval Latin Grammatical Manuscripts, ed. by Jan Pinborg, Grammatica Speculativa: Sprachtheorie und Logik des Mittelalters, 4 (Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 1981), p. 115, no. 149.97.

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. 134.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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Initial decorated with faces

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Initial decorated with faces
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