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Detailed record for Burney 157

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero, Pseudo-Cicero, and others
Title Orationes, etc.
Origin Italy, N.E. (Venice)
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive, written 'above top line', in part
Scribe Perhaps entirely by a scribe who wrote three other manuscripts for the Erizzo family of Venice.
Artists Attributed to the artist of Bodleian Library, MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 65 and MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 123 (Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 2: Italian School (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970), nos. 577 and 578).
Decoration 1 large foliate initial in colours and gold, with full border incorporating heraldic arms supported by sphinxes (f. 2). 7 large historiated initials, in colours and gold (ff. 18, 102v, 107, 112v, 121v, 138, 151v), some including heraldic arms. Large initials in gold on foliate coloured grounds (ff. 8, 28v, 37, etc.).
Dimensions in mm 320 x 220 (205 x 135)
Official foliation ff. i + 183 (ff. 1 and 183 are original flyleaves, f. i is added)
Collation i8+1 (1st leaf inserted; ff. 1-9), ii-vii8 (ff. 10-57), viii10-2 (centre bifolium missing; ff. 58-65), ix8 (ff. 66-73), x10-2 (centre bifolium missing; ff. 74-81), xi8-2 (centre bifolium missing; ff. 82-87), xii8 (ff. 88-95), xiii10-2 (two leaves, a bifolium, missing after ff. 98 and 100; ff. 96-103); xiv10-2 (centre bifolium missing; ff. 104-111), xv10-2 (two leaves, a bifolium, missing after ff. 114 and 116; ff. 112-119), xvi10-2 (centre bifolium missing; ff. 120-127), xvii10-2 (centre bifolium missing; ff. 128-135), xviii8-2 (the outer bifolium missing, and the present outer bifolium should be the inner bifolium; ff. 136-141), xix8-2 (centre bifolium missing; ff. 142-148), xx8-2 (centre bifolium missing; ff. 148-153), xxi8-2 (centre bifolium missing; ff. 154-159), xxii-xxiii8 (ff. 160-175), xxiv10-2 (first and fifth leaves missing; ff. 176-183).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Polished leather; gilt spine; edges gilt; 17th century; cf. Burney 132 and 146.
Provenance Probably written for (by and?) a member of the Erizzo family of Venice, to judge by the script and the now-overpainted arms, which were azure a bend or; the Erizzo family arms have a reversed gothic ‘E’ and a hedgehog ('riccio' in modern Italian), both sable, on the bend, but these are no longer visible due to over-painting (ff. 2, 102v, 121v, 151v; for four other manuscripts with the Erizzo arms see Peter Kidd, Medieval Manuscripts from the Collection of T. R. Buchanan in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2001), p. 100, to which should be added Cambridge, University Library, Add. MS. 4121, and BL, Stowe 29, in which the arms are reversed).
Cardinal Domenico Grimani (b. 1461, d. 1523): inscribed 'Liber D. Grimani Car(dinalis) s(ancti) Marci' (erased, f. 2; a similar inscription occurs in Add. 8904).
? A member of the Lan family, of Treviso: with the family's arms of vert, a bend gules painted over the earlier arms (ff. 2, 102v, 121v, 151v; see Eugenio Morando di Custoza, Blasonario Veneto (Verona: Cartiera di Tolmezzo, 1985), pl. CCLXXII).
Unidentified owner: book-plate removed from front pastedown.
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), p. 52.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), no. 274.

The Inventory of H. P. Kraus, Sotheby's, New York, 4-5 December, 2003, p. 494.
Last revised: 05 January 2005


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Illuminated initial and full border with heraldic arms

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Illuminated initial

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Inhabited initial

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Illuminated initials

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