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Detailed record for Burney 75

ff. 1-144v 
Author Libanius, Eunapius of Sardis, Cardinal Bessarion
Title Letters, etc.
ff. 145-159v; 181-314v 
Author Nikolaos Kabasilas; Demetrios Kydones
Title Letters, verses, Monody, and Proemium on the Golden Bull
ff. 159v-174; 315-328 
Author Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, and others
Title Letters, extracts, scholia
Origin Greece (Mistra) or Italy, Central (Rome)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Scribe ff. 138-144v written by Demetrios Raoul Kavakes (see Gamillscheg and Harlfinger 1981 vol. I, no. 95, 209e).
Decoration Headpiece with geometric decoration, people and birds in colours (f. 170). Other simple headpieces in red and brown (ff. 1, 3). Large and small red or brown initials, some in red and blue or red and black, many with penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 145 (150 x 90)
Official foliation ff. ii + 328 (ff. * + i are paper flyleaves). Note that folios within the manuscript without text are unfoliated.
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance ? Cardinal Giovanni Salviati: probably no. 99 in his 1546 catalogue (see Cataldi Palau 1995 no. 77).
Charles Townley (b. 1737, d. 1805), collector of antiquities, acquired in Rome in 1773 together with several other former Salviati manuscripts (including Burney 86, 109, 408, and Additional 5423).
John Towneley (bap. 1697, d. 1782), translator, Charles Townley's great-nephew: his sale, 8 June 1814, lot 886, bought by Burney for £44.
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. 25-34.

E. Maunde Thompson, ‘Catalogue of Classical Manuscripts’, Classical Review, 2 (1888), 102-04, 171-74; 3 (1889), 149-55, 440-45 (p. 153 no. 92).

Wilhelm Fritz, Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der Briefe des Bischofs Synesios, Abhandlungen der königlichen Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, philosophisch-philologischen, 23.2 (Munich: K. B. Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1905), pp. 321-98 (p. 357, no. 19).

Die Handschriften der antiken Ärzte, ed. by H. Diels, 2 vols, Abhandlungen der Königlichen Preussichen Akademie der Wissenschaften (Berlin: Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1905-1906), II: Die übrigen griechischen Ärzte ausser Hippokrates und Galenos, p. 61.

Demetrius Cydonès, Correspondance, ed. by Giuseppe Cammelli (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1930), pp. xxxvi, xliv-xlvi (cod. B).

P. Enepekides, ‘Die Briefwechsel des Mystikers Nikolaos Kabasilas’, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 46 (1953), pp. 18-46 (this manuscript as 'cod. B'), pl. II.

Démétrius Cydonès, Correspondance, ed. by Raymond-J. Loenertz, Studi e Testi, 186 (Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana,1956- ), I, p. iv (this manuscript as 'cod. B').

L. Politis, ‘Eine Schreibereschule im Kloster ton Hodegon’, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 51 (1958), 17-36, 261-287, p. 22 n. 8.

A. A. Angelopoulos, Nikolaos Kabasilas Chamaetos: He zoe kai to ergon autou, Analekta Vlatadon, 5 (Thessalonica: Patriarchikon Hidryma Paterikon Meleton, 1970), pp. 75ff.

Antonio Garzya, ‘Inventario dei manoscritti delle Epistole di Sinesio’, Atti dell’Accademia Pontaniana, New Series, 22 (1973), 251-94 (p. 265 no. 113).

Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten 800-1600, ed. by Ernst Gamillscheg and Dieter Harlfinger, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, 3, ed. by Herbert Hunger (Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1981- ), I: Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, 3 vols, no. 95, 209e.

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. 132.

Annaclara Cataldi Palau, ‘La biblioteca del Cardinale Giovanni Salviati: Alcuni nuovi manoscritti greci in biblioteche diverse della Vaticana’, Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 49 (1995), 60-95 (pp. 70, 83, 91, no. 77).

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts, (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, 47-48.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


ff. 159v-174; 315-328
Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, and others Letters, extracts, scholia
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f. 170

f. 170

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