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Detailed record for Burney 201

Part 1 ff. 1-108v 
Author Titus Livius ; Donato degli Albanzani
Title Ab urbe condita, first decade, imperfect (ff. 5-108v); preceded (ff. 1-4v) by a table of chapters
Origin Italy, N or N. E. (?)
Date last quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 large foliate initial, in colours and gold, with a partial border incorporating heraldry (f. 1). 8 large foliate initials in colours and gold with partial borders at the beginning of books (ff. 13, 30, 41v, 56, 67v, 79, 90, 103v). Small initials alternately blue with red pen-flourishing, or red with purple pen-flourishing. Paraphs alternately red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 365 x 255 (265 x 165)
 
Part 2 ff. 109-417 
Author Livy
Title Ab urbe condita, first (ff. 109-258) and third (ff. 266-417) decades, the latter preceded (259-265v) by a table of chapters
Origin Italy, N.E. (Venice)
Date c. 1464
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive, with vertical catchwords
Decoration 1 large inhabited initial, in colours and gold, with a full border incorporating heraldry (f. 266). 8 large initials in colours on a gold ground with foliate marginal extensions (ff. 298v, 313, 327, 341, 357v, 375, 392v, 404). Spaces for decoration in the First Decade remain blank.
Attributed to Leonardo Bellini (fl. Venice, c. 1443–90), (see Watson 1979 no. 502).
Dimensions in mm 365 x 255 (270 x 160)
 
Official foliation ff. ii + 420 (ff. i-ii and 418-420 are flyleaves and marbled endpapers)
Collation i4 (ff. 1-4), ii10-4? (structure uncertain; ff. 5-10), iii-v10 (ff. 11-40), vi8 (the outermost bifolium should be the innermost bifolium; ff. 41-48), vii-xii10 (ff. 49-108); xiii-xxvii10 (ff. 109-258), xxviii6+1 (last leaf inserted; ff. 259-265), xxix-xlii10 (ff. 266-405), xliii12 (ff. 406-417).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red morocco (Netherlands, probably the Hague) with a fine gilt panel, and a gilt framing roll with 13 different figures: a lion, a man with a viol, a stag(?), a man playing an organ, a man harping, etc.; marbled endpapers; gilt edges; rebacked.
Provenance Part 1:
Unidentified owner: with the effaced arms of an early owner, including an eagle displayed (sable?) in chief (f. 1). The first and last leaves are worn and dirty, suggesting that the imperfect text was without a binding for a significant period of time.
Unidentified readers, 15th century: with marginal annotations in Latin and Greek in several Gothic and humanistic hands.

Part 2:
Written in 1464 for a member of the Ciera family of Venice, with a scribal colophon: ‘Finis. Die 24 mensis decembris 1464’ (f. 417), and arms: party per fess, argent and azure, a lion rampant countercharged, f. 266; cf. Eugenio Morando di Custoza, Libro d'arme di Venezia (Verona: [Rilegata da Galvagni], 1979), no. 836). Worm-holes in the first few leaves show that Part 2 existed separately from Part 1 for a considerable period of time. If the text was completed in late December 1464, the illumination perhaps dates from 1465.
? Giovanni Battista Stefano, first half of the 16th century : inscribed 'Jo: Bap: Stephanus', in elegant humanistic cursive script (f. 258v).
Unidentified owner, 17th century?, with a motto(?) written as a series of monograms: 'Mores nostri ita …' (f. 258v).

Parts 1 and 2:
Henricus Hadrianus vander Marck, by 1727; perhaps bound for him: his sale, The Hague, 14 July 1727, manuscripts in folio, lot 17.
Unidentified owner, 18th century: inscribed in pencil, 'claraque cognomina familiæ …' (f. 418), possibly Askew's hand.
Anthony Askew (b. 1722, d. 1774), physician and book collector: his sale, 7 March 1785, lot 479, bought by Marsh for £4 4s.
Charles Marsh (b. 1735, d. 1812), F.S.A.: his sale, 1 Feb. 1816, lot 976.
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. 57.

G. Billanovich, 'Petrarch and the Textual Tradition of Livy', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 14 (1951), 137-208 (p. 174 n. 3).

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.700-1600 in the Department of Manuscripts, The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), no. 502.

Albert Derolez, Codicologie des manuscrits en écriture humanistiques sur parchemin, 2 vols, Bibliologia 5 and 6 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1984), no. 365.

Michael D. Reeve, 'The Place of P in the Stemma of Livy 1-10', in Medieval Manuscripts of the Latin Classics: Production and Use, ed. by Claudine A. Chavannes-Mazel and Margaret M. Smith (Leiden: Anderrson-Lovelace and the Red Gull Press, 1996) pp. 75-90 (p. 89).
Last revised: 31 January 2005


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Part  1   ff. 1-108v
Titus Livius ; Donato degli Albanzani Ab urbe condita, first decade, imperfect (ff. 5-108v); preceded (ff. 1-4v) by a table of chapters
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Illuminated initial and border

f. 41v
Illuminated initial and border
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f. 41v
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Illuminated initial

f. 90
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f. 90
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f. 90
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Part  2   ff. 109-417
Livy Ab urbe condita, first (ff. 109-258) and third (ff. 266-417) decades, the latter preceded (259-265v) by a table of chapters
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Text page

f. 109
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Historiated initial and full border

f. 266
Historiated initial and full border
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f. 266
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f. 266
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f. 266
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f. 266
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Foliate illuminated initial

f. 375
Foliate illuminated initial
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f. 375
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