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Detailed record for Burney 69

ff. 1-16 
Author Athenaeus, Biton
Title De machinis (ff. 1-9), De constructione bellicarum machinarum (ff. 9v-16)
 
ff. 16v-52 
Author Heron of Alexandria, Apollodorus of Damascus
Title De chirobalistra (ff. 16v-19), Belopoeea (ff. 19-32v), Extracts (ff. 33v-52)
 
ff. 52v-358 
Author Philo of Byzantium, Leo VI the Wise, and others
Title Miscellaneous tracts concerning warfare and machinery, including De constructione helepoleos, Mechanica, book 4, De obsidione toleranda, Parecbolae, Tactica, and De re militari
 
Origin Italy, N. E. (Venice)
Date 1545
Language Greek
Script Greek minuscule
Decoration Numerous drawings, usually painted in some combination of yellow, red, green and/or grey (ff. 5, 5v, 7, 7v, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 16v, 17v, 18, 18v, 19, 22, 24, 25, 26, 26v, 27, 28, 29, 30v, 32, 33, 35, 35v, 36v, 2 x 27, 37v, 38, 38v, 39v, 40, 2 x 40v, 41, 41v, 43, 43v, 44, 45, 45v, 47, 47v, 48, 49, 49v, 50, 50v, 51v, 52. 2 headpieces of a woven pattern (ff. 1, 99). Small red or brown initials.
Dimensions in mm 315 x 220 (225 x 130)
Official foliation ff. ii + 367 (ff. i-ii and 359-367 are paper flyleaves)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Parchment over pasteboard with Greek-style gold-tooled border and central double-S monogram on upper and lower boards, last quarter of the 18th century; gilt edges.
Provenance Written in 1545: colophon ( f. 358).
The monastery of St Catherine, Mount Sinai: inscription (f. 1).
? John Spencer Smith, minister plenipotentiary to Turkey: sale catalogue notices that the manuscript was 'collected by one of His Majesty's Foreign Minsters at the Island of Patmos, in the Archipelago' (ff. 359, 361, 363); 'SS' monogram (upper and lower boards of the binding).
Unidentified owner: included in an anonymous sale at King and Lochée, 24 February 1810, purchased by Burney: note (f. 359v).
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 Papers relating to the identification of the texts in the present volume and its sale: printed sale notices, and notes in Burney's own hand, ff. 359-366.
ff. 1-45v, 54-63v, 73-88v, 97-116v, and 118v-358 were copied by the same scribe as Escorial, MS gr. 138 (ex-info. Mark Sosower).
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. 22-24.

H. Omont, ‘Notes sur les manuscrits grecs du British Museum’, Bibliothèque de l’École des Chartes, 45 (1884), 314-50 (p. 332).

A. Dain, ‘Inventaire raisonné des cent manuscrits de ‘Constitutions Tactiques’ de Léon VI le Sage’, Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 1 (1946-1947), 33-49 (no. 46).

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, 44-46.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


Images

ff. 1-16
Athenaeus, Biton De machinis (ff. 1-9), De constructione bellicarum machinarum (ff. 9v-16)
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Siege engine

f. 12v
Siege engine
Detail

f. 12v
Detail

ff. 16v-52
Heron of Alexandria, Apollodorus of Damascus De chirobalistra (ff. 16v-19), Belopoeea (ff. 19-32v), Extracts (ff. 33v-52)
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Diagram

f. 24
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Diagram

f. 28
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