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Detailed record for Burney 2

Title Bible with prologues (ff. 2-523), and Interpretations of Hebrew names (ff. 524-570v)
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 79 large historiated initials (one more missing), in colours and gold, at the beginnings of biblical books. Large foliate initials, in colours and gold, at the beginnings of prologues, etc. Small initials alternately red or blue, flourished in the other colour, and with red and blue 'I'/'J'-shaped decoration, at the beginning of chapters. Chapter-numbers and running-titles in alternate red and blue characters. Marginal drawing of the Tower of Babel, next to Genesis 1:11 (f. 8v).
Dimensions in mm 290 x 190 (205 x 125 - in two columns)
Official foliation ff. i + 574 (ff. i and 573-574 are flyleaves)
Collation i-ii16 (ff. 2-33), iii20 (ff. 34-53), iv-ix16 (ff. 54-149), x16-1 (15th leaf excised; ff. 150-164), xi-xvi16 (ff. 165-260), xvii-xxxii16 (ff. 261-516), xxxiii8-1 (8th leaf excised, probably blank; ff. 517-523); xxxiv20 (ff. 524-543), xxxv14 (ff. 544-557), xxxvi16-3 (14th-16th leaves missing, probably blank; ff. 558-570), xxxvii2 (ff. 571-572). The leaf excised between ff. 163 and 164 contained the end of II Kings and the start of I Chronicles.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red morocco with gilt covers and spine; edges gilt; marbled endpapers; 18th century. The first and last leaves preserve traces of a previous binding.
Provenance Unidentified owner, third quarter of the 13th century?: miscellaneous notes (ff. 571-572) include a list of kings of France down to Louis IX (reigned between 1226 and 1270) (f. 572).
Unidentified owner: the lower margins of ff. 2 and 3 excised, presumably to remove ownership inscriptions.
Unidentified owner, 15th century: a quotation from Vergil's Aeneid book II is added in a humanistic hand (f. 192).
Unidentified owner, 17th century?: inscribed with a six-line description of contents (f. 4v).
Ralph Palmer (b. 1668, d. 1745/6), barrister, of Little Chelsea.
Ralph Palmer (b. 1712, d. 1755), barrister, of Little Chelsea: inscribed ‘Bibliotheca Palmeriana, / Londini, 1747’, partly erased, followed by a four-line description of the manuscript, signed 'RP' (f. 1).
Ralph Verney (b. 1714, d. 1791), 2nd Earl Verney, politician, Palmer’s cousin: with his book-plate, engraved by [William] Darling of [Great] Newport Street [fl. 1769- 1799]); see Add. 33244, which also has the Palmeriana inscription and Verney bookplate.
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 For another manuscript owned by Palmer see Burney 308; and for the Palmers generally see J. Brownbill, 'Palmer of Little Chelsea', Genealogists Magazine, 2 (1926), 67-72.
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. 1.
Last revised: 05 January 2005


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Jerome writing

f. 2
Jerome writing
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f. 2
Detail
Creation and the Crucifixion

f. 5
Creation and the Crucifixion
 
Detail

f. 5
Detail
Detail

f. 5
Detail
Sacrifice

f. 42v
Sacrifice
 
Tree of Jesse

f. 422v
Tree of Jesse
Mark

f. 435v
Mark
Paul

f. 491v
Paul
 
Paul

f. 491v
Paul

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