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Detailed record for Burney 174

Author Aulus Gellius
Title Noctes Atticae
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin, with some passages in Greek
Script Humanistic, written 'above top line' with vertical catchwords
Artists Probably illuminated by Benedictus, a follower of Jacopo da Fabriano, who decorated London, V&A Museum, L.935-1951, and signed the illumination of Vatican, Barb. Lat. 180, dated 1464.
Decoration 1 large white vine initial, with putti and birds, in colours and gold, with matching full border incorporating putti, butterflies and birds, and heraldic arms (f. 3v). 18 large white vine initials, in colours and gold, at the beginnings of the remaining books (ff. 21v, 40, 52, etc.). Small initials in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 295 x 200 (205 x 110)
Official foliation ff. ii + 242 (ff. i-ii, 1, and 240-242 are paper and parchment flyleaves)
Collation i-xxiii10 (ff. 2-231), xxiv8 (ff. 232-239).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Typical Askew binding of brown diced leather, the covers with the usual 'palmette and fleurs-de-lis' gilt roll, over thick medieval? wood boards; marbled endpapers, and parchment flyleaves; edges gilt; rebacked.
Provenance Mario Maffei (b. 1463, d. 1537): with the Maffei of Volterra family arms (f. 3v) and the usual erased 'De figli …' inscription (f. 2).
Anthony Askew (bap. 1722, d. 1774), physician and book collector: bound for him; his sale, 7 March 1785, lot 427, bought by [Michael] Wodhull for £3 13s. 6d., on behalf of(?) the Duke of Grafton.
Augustus Henry FitzRoy (b. 1735, d. 1811), 3rd duke of Grafton, politician: inscribed 'D. of Grafton / 1785.' (f. 2), 'at Askew's Sale. / b-lb-i', using his price-code (f. 1v), and '161' (f. 1v); his anonymous sale, 6 June 1815, lot 320 (inscribed '320', f. i verso), bought by Burney.
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. 54.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), no. 280.

B. L. Ullman, 'Codices Maffeiani', in Studies in the Italian Renaissance (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1955), pp. 373-82 (p. 374 no. 7).

José Ruysschaert, 'Recherche des deux bibliothèques romaines Maffei des XVe et XVIe siècles', La Bibliofilia, 60 (1958), 306-33 (p. 323 no. 24).
Last revised: 05 January 2005


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