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Detailed record for Burney 38

Author Florus of Lyons (?)
Title Commentary on the Pauline Epistles
Origin France, Cental (Paris?)
Date last quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 13 large foliate initials, in colours and gold (ff. 3, 102, 188, 215, 237, 256v, 282v, 288, 291, 308v, 317v, 320 (x 2); another is excised from f. 273v), with dragons, animals/birds, and a human hybrid (f. 317v).
Dimensions in mm 405 x 290 (290 x 190) in two columns
Official foliation ff. i + 344 + 343* (f. 1 is Burney's table of contents, ff. i, 1, 343*, and 344 are old paper flyleaves)
Collation i-xxxiv10 (ff. 3-342).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Black velvet (repaired); each cover with a D'Urfé gilt metal centre-piece and corner-pieces, c.1550(?); edges gilt.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St.-Denis: with its press-marks 'A +', 13th century, and 'xv.iiijc.xliij', 15th century (f. 3; cf. Nebbiai-Dalla Guarda 1985, pls. I-IV, VI); said by Nebbiai-Dalla Guarda to be by the same scribe as Paris, BNF, lat. 976, a Ceremoniale of St.-Denis, 13th century.
Unidentified owner, 15th century?: inscribed 'Thomas ..ayn(?)' (f. 241, cf. ff. 226v, 227, 306v).
Claude d'Urfé (b. 1501, d. 1558), at the Château de la Bastie, Fôrez, Rhone-Alpes: with his arms in the centre of the covers of the binding, and the corner-pieces with a monogram composed of his initial and that of his wife Jeanne de Balzac, with 'VNI'; cf. André Vernet, 'Les Manuscrits de Claude d'Urfé (1501-1558) au Château de la Bastie', in Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres: Comptes rendus (Paris, 1976), pp. 81-97 (pp. 89 n. 35, 90).
Jacques-Auguste (b. 1624, d. 1690) (cf. Henri Omont, 'Un Bibliophile bourguignon au XVIIIe siècle: Collection de manuscrits du Mis. de Migieu au château de Savigny-les-Beaune (1760)', Revue de Bibliothèque, 11 (Paris, 1901, and offprint, 1902), p. 50 no. 2 in the offprint).
François Thomas (b. 1717), his nephew, by bequest.
François Thomas, sieur d'Island, Thomas's grandson: de Chevanes's library offered for sale in 1754 (or 1752?), fifty-five manuscripts being bought by de Migieu.
Anthelme-Michel-Laurent de Migieu, marquis de Savigny: inscribed 'Demiqieu 1754 / 80ff' (f. 344; cf. Omont 1901 p. 34, no. 115); with his notes on the text and provenance, ending: '… MSS. de la fin du 13e. siecle / a appartenu a une personne de la maison d'Urfé dont les armes sont sur la couverture / a Mr de Chevannes vers 1680 / a Mr Dilan [i.e. d'Island] vers 1730' (f. 2).
Unidentified owner: in the anonymous sale of manuscripts … Lately Collected by a Gentleman on the Continent, 20 May 1815, lot 52, 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.
Notes f. 2 has the watermark '1749'.
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. 7.

K. A. de Meyier, Paul en Alexandre Petau en de Geschiednis van hum Handschriften (Voornamelijk op grond van de Petau-Handschriften in de Universiteitsbibliotheek te Leiden), (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1947), p. 115.

Franz Römer, Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der Werke des Heiligen Augustinus, Band II/2: Grossbritannien und Irland: Verzeichnis nach Bibliotheken, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, 276 (Vienna, 1972), p. 166.

Donatella Nebbiai-Dalla Guarda, La bibliothèque de l'Abbaye de Saint-Denis en France du IXe au XVIIIe siècle, Documents, études et répertoires publiés par l'Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes (Paris: CNRS, 1985), pp. 78, 83, 103, 189-90 no. 10, 247 no. 210, 271, 288, 377, 381.
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