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Detailed record for Burney 202

ff. 3-54 
Author Lucius Annaeus Florus
Title Epitome bellorum omnium annorum DCC
 
ff. 54v-57 
Title Calendar of Roman festivals, January to June only
 
Origin Italy
Date last quarter of the 14th or 1st half of the 15th century (perhaps between 1405 and 1433)
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 large foliate initial in colours on a burnished punched gold ground (f. 1, perhaps 19th-century ?), with a three-sided border incorporating heraldic arms. Small initials alternately plain red or blue, often in unusual angular forms.
Dimensions in mm 255 x 180 (165 x 100)
Official foliation ff. iv + 60 (ff. i-iv and 59-60 are flyleaves; f. 1 is a medieval pastedown)
Collation i-viii8 (ff. 3-58).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Sicily' binding of polished brown calf (typical of manuscripts bought by Burney at Sotheby's, 19 April 1817, which included books said to have been imported from Sicily).
Provenance An ecclesiastical member of the Capra family, perhaps Bartolomeo Capra (b. c.1365, d. 1433), bishop of Cremona from 1405, and archbishop of Milan from 1414: the family's arms, argent, a goat rampantsable, in chief or a displayed eagle sable, the whole before a processional cross or (f. 3).
Celio Calcagnini (b. 1479, d. 1541), Ferrarese humanist scholar (on whom see see Q. Breen, 'Celio Calcagnini (1479-1541)', Church History 21 (1952), 225-38).
The Dominican Convent of S. Domenico in Ferrara, bequeathed by Calcagnini: inscribed '‘Est Con(ventu)s s. d(omi)nicj de ferr(ar)a ex dono d(omi)ni celij Calca|gnini’ (f. 1v; cf. Kristeller 1963 p. 56). Inscribed by a reader 'Alberto' in a semi-literate 17th-century hand (f. 2). Transferred, when the convent was suppressed at the end of the 18th century, to the University of Ferrara: with its ink stamp, with the legend 'Della P. Università di Ferrara' (f. 3).
Unidentified owner: included in the anonymous 'Importation from Sicily' sale 19 April 1817, lot 43, bought by Burney for 13s.
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.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), no. 286.

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum. A finding list of uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued humanistic manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other libraries, 7 vols (London: The Warburg Institute, 1963; repr. 1977-1997) IV (Alia Itinera II): Great Britain to Spain (1989), p. 132.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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Lucius Annaeus Florus Epitome bellorum omnium annorum DCC
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Decorated initial and border with heraldic arms

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Decorated initial and border with heraldic arms
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