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Detailed record for Burney 132

Author Caius Julius Caesar, Aulus Hirtius, Pseudo-Caesar
Title De bello gallico (ff. 2-106v), De bello civili (ff. 106v-178), De bello Alexandrino (ff. 178-202), De bello Africo (ff. 202-231), De bello Hispaniensi (ff. 231-245)
Origin Italy, N.? or N. E.?
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive, written 'above top line'
Decoration 18 large and small white vine initials in gold on a pale red and pale olive ground, at the beginning of texts and their books (ff. 2, 18, 26v, 33v, 42v, 56v, 66v, 92, 92v, 105 (x2), 106v, 130v, 145, 178, 198v, 202, 231).
Dimensions in mm 290 x 200 (190 x 120)
Official foliation ff. i + 246 (ff. i and 246 are flyleaves)
Collation i8+1 (ff. 2-10), ii-xxviii8 (ff. 11-235), xxix-xxx10 (ff. 236-245).
Form Paper codex (f. 1 is parchment)
Binding Post-1600. Italian(?) polished red-brown leather; the covers blind-tooled; the spine gilt; cf. Burney 32; 18th century.
Provenance A member of the Visconti family, second half of the 18th century, perhaps Cardinal Eugenio Visconti (b. 1713, d. 1788): added family emblems (including a burning branch from which two water-buckets hang, and a child in the mouth of a serpent) in the added decoration of ff. 1 and 2; f. 1 including a panel with 'C: IVL. CÆSARIS / COM(M)ENTARIA / EX DONO' above a pile of war trophies and a laurel branch.
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. 49-50.

Élisabeth Pellegrin, La bibliothèque des Visconti et des Sforza, ducs de Milan, au XVe siècle, Publications de l'Institute de recherche et d'histoire des textes, 5 (Paris: C.N.R.S., 1955), p. 365.

Virginia Brown, The Textual Transmission of Caesar’s Civil War, Mnemosyne, supplement 23, (Leiden: Brill, 1972), p. 56. [Listed among the codices recentiores].
Last revised: 05 January 2005


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