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Detailed record for Burney 159

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero, Pseudo-Cicero
Title Orationes
Origin Italy, N.E. (Venice?)
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic cursive, written 'below top line'
Scribe By a scribe who also wrote Padua, Bibl. Antoniana, MS 86, and San Francisco State University, J. Paul Leonard Library, De Bellis Collection, MS La. 1, according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library.
Decoration 1 large zoomorphic initial, in colours and gold, with a partial border incorporating heraldic arms (f. 1). Small foliate initials in muted colours, at the start of each speech (ff. 14, 35, 54v, 60v, 95v, 111v, 129v, 137, 142v, 147v, 152v, 158v, 166, 186, 190v, 209v, 212).
Dimensions in mm 260 x 145 (170 x 75)
Official foliation ff. iii + 231(ff. i-iii, 230-231 are paper and parchment flyleaves, f. 230 is an original flyleaf)
Collation i-xxii10 (ff. 1-220), xxiii10-1+1 (last leaf missing, probably blank; last leaf inserted; ff. 221-230).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Typical Askew binding of diced calf, with the usual 'palmette and fleur-de-lys' gilt roll, marbled endpapers and parchment flyleaves; edges gilt; rebacked 1962.
Provenance A member of the Gonzaga family, after 1433: with the family's arms (f. 1); inscribed 'scrite 229' (f. 230; cf. Burney 154).
Anthony Askew (b. 1722 d. 1774), physician and book collector; bound for him; his sale, 7 March 1785, lot 450, bought by Burrell for £2 5s.
Sir William Burrell (b. 1732, d. 1796) 2nd baronet, antiquary: his sale, 2 May 1796, lot 439, sold for £1 8s.
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. 276.

Mostra dei codici gonzagheschi: La biblioteca dei Gonzaga da Luigi I ad Isabella. Biblioteca comunale 18 Settembre - 10 Ottobre, ed. by Ubaldo Meroni (Mantua: [Cuneo], 1966), pp. 37, 52, and pl. 93 (erroneously described as Burney 154).

Splendours of the Gonzaga, ed. by David Chambers and Jane Martineau (London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1981), no. 18, pp. 110-111, with pl. [Exhibition catalogue].

Michael D. Reeve, 'The Familia Cusana of Cicero's Speeches', in The Classical Tradition in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Proceedings of the first European Science Founndation Workshop of 'The Reception of Classical Texts' (Florence, Certosa del Galluzzo, 26-27 June 1992), ed. by Claudio Leonardi and Birger Munk Olsen, Società internazionale per lo studio del medioevo latino, 15 (Spoleto: Centro Italiano di studi sull'alto medioevo, 1995), pp. 57-74 (p. 67).
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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