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Detailed record for Burney 310

ff. 1-89v 
Author Eusebius of Caesarea, Rufinus
Title Historiae ecclesiasticae
 
ff. 90-158 
Author Bede
Title Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum
 
ff. 158-176 
Author Nennius, Caradoc of Llangarfan, Bede, and others
Title Historia Brittonum, Vita Gildae, and other Vitae
 
Origin England, N. (Finchale)
Date 1381
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Scribe William of Stiphel
Decoration Three-sided border of pen-flourishing in red and blue (f. 1). Large puzzle initials in blue and red with penwork foliate or geometric decoration in blue, red, or purple. Large and small blue initials with red penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 345 x 235 (235 x 165) (in two columns)
Official foliation ff. ii + 178 (ff. i-ii and 177-178 are paper flyleaves)
Collation i-xvii10 (ff. 1-170), xviiisix (probably 8-2 without loss of text; ff. 171-176).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Fine-tooled brown morocco; gilt leaves; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Written by William of Stiphel for Utredo de Boldon (d. 1397), prior of the Benedictine priory of St John the Baptist and St Godric at Finchale, England, a cell of Durham Cathedral priory (inscription, f. 89v: ‘scriptus per manum Guillelmi dicti du Stiphel de Britania pro venerabili et religioso viro domino Utredo Dunelmensi monacho ac sancte sacre pagine doctore. Anno domini millesimo ccc\o/ octuagesimo primo vicesimo sexto die mensis augusti. In fincal’, and, in the lower margin, ‘G. du Stiphel’; inscription, f. 158, after explicit: ‘G. du Stiphel’).
Listed in the 1395 catalogue of Durham Cathedral priory library as manuscript ‘N’ on p. 56 and 65. (see Catalogi veteres librorum ecclesiæ Cathedralis Dunhelm: catalogues of the library of Durham Cathedral, at various periods, from the conquest to the dissolution: including catalogues the library of the Abbey of Hulne and of the MSS. preserved in the library of Bishop Cosin, at Durham, ed. by James Raine, Surtees Society (London: Nichols and Son, 1838)).
'N x Nx' in pencil, 18th century (f. i verso).
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.
Notes Copied from Durham Cathedral MS. B.ii.35, according to Plummer and Colgrave and Mynors 1969 pp. liii-liv; one of eight copies.
Stiphel may be Stival, near Vannes, in Britanny, according to Watson 1979 vol. I, no. 511; see also Doyle 1990 p. 8.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: The British Museum, 1834-1840 ), I, part II: The Burney Manuscripts (1840), p. 85.

Joseph Loth, L'émigration bretonne en Armorique du Ve au VIIe siècle de notre ère (Paris: Picard, 1883), p. 245.

The Palaeographic Society: Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions, Second series, ed. by Edward Augustus Bond, Edward Maunde Thompson, and George Frederic Warner, (London: Cloves and Sons, 1884-1894), II, pl. 199 (bound as 37).

Venerabilis Baedae opera historica , ed by Charles Plummer, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon, 1896), I, pp. cvii-cviii, cxliii-cxliv (as ‘Bu2 ’); II, 364-387 (this manuscript as ‘B’ for the edition of the vitae Abbatum Benedicti, Ceolfridi, Eosterwini, Sigfridi et Hwaetberti).

Ferdinand Lot, Nennius et L’Historia Brittonum: étude critique, Bibliothèque de l'École des Hautes Études, sciences historiques et philologiques, 263 (Paris, 1934), p. 4 and passim (this manuscript as ‘G’ in the fourth family of the text of Historia Brittonum, or the version by Nennius).

Durham Cathedral Manuscripts to the End of the Twelfth Century, intro. by R. A. B. Mynors (Oxford: University Press, 1939), p. 41 note.

M. L. W. Laistner with H. H. King, A Hand-List of Bede Manuscripts (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1943), pp. 97, 112.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd ed., Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: The Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 72.

Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, ed. by Bertram Colgrave and R. A. B Mynors (Oxford: Clarendon, 1969), pp. liii-liv.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in the Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: The British Library, 1979), I, no. 511; II, pl. 270.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, Supplement to the Second Edition, ed. by Andrew G. Watson, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 15 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1987), p. 30.

A. I. Doyle, ‘Book Production by the Monasatic Orders in England (c. 1375-1530), in Medieval Book Production: Assessing the Evidence, ed. by Linda l. Brownrigg, Proceedings of the Second Conference of The Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500, Oxford, July 1998 (Los Altos Hills, California: Anderson-Lovelace, 1990), pp. 1-21 (p. 8).

David Dumville, Histories and Pseudo-Histories of the Insular Middle Ages (Aldershot: Varorium, 1990), pp. 21, 79, 372 n. 5.

John B. Friedman, Northern English Book Owners, and Makers in the Late Middle Ages (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995), pp. 57-67; 212, 214, p. 245 no. 108, esp. pp. 61-63, 212, 214, and 245.

Historia Britonum: The History of the Britons attributed to Nennius, trans by Richard Rowley (Lampeter: Llanerch, 2005), p. 1.

Richard Gameson, ‘Bede in Durham Cathedral Library: Notes on Material Exhibited on 7 August 2008’ ([n.p.]: [n. pub], [n.d.]), p. 5.

Richard Gameson, Manuscript Treasures of Durham Cathedral (London: Third Millennium, 2010), pp. 60-61.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


Images

ff. 1-89v
Eusebius of Caesarea, Rufinus Historiae ecclesiasticae
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Penwork initial and border

f. 1
Penwork initial and border
Detail

f. 1
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Puzzle initial

f. 8
Puzzle initial
 
Detail

f. 9
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Colophon

f. 89v
Colophon
Decorated initial

f. 89v
Decorated initial
 
Detail

f. 89v
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Detail

f. 103v
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f. 114
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Detail

f. 143
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f. 158
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ff. 90-158
Bede Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum
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Puzzle initial

f. 103v
Puzzle initial
Puzzle  initial

f. 114
Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial

f. 128v
Puzzle initial
 
Detail

f. 128v
Detail
Decorated initials

f. 143
Decorated initials

ff. 158-176
Nennius, Caradoc of Llangarfan, Bede, and others Historia Brittonum, Vita Gildae, and other Vitae
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Colophon

f. 158
Colophon
Decorated initial

f. 158
Decorated initial
Detail

f. 158
Detail
 

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