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Detailed record for Burney 333

Title Breviary, Vallumbrosan Use
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date last quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written with vertical and horizontal catchwords
Artists Illuminated in the style of Boccardino il Vecchio (b. 1460, d. 1529) (according to the unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library, Oxford).
Decoration 4 full borders inhabited by putti, prophets, etc., in colours and gold (pp. 1, 139, 199, 470). 34 large historiated initials, in colours and gold (pp. 139, 199, 470), with partial borders (pp. 121, 147, 214, 238, 246 (2x), 269, 270, 276 (2x), 287, 311, 321, 326, 327, 334, 345, 355, 357, 362, 369, 379, 391, 401, 407, 422, 430, 433, 442, 444, 464). 1 large historiated initial, in colours and gold, unfinished (p. 205). 5 large initials, in colours and gold, with a partial border (pp. 185, 206, 224, 334, 507). 3 bas-de-page miniatures, in colours and gold, each with a partial border (pp. 224, 269, 276). Small initials alternately red pen-flourished in blue, or vice versa. One-line initials alternately plain red or blue. According to the unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library, illuminated in the style of Boccardino il Vecchio (b. 1460, d. 1529).
Dimensions in mm 137 x 95 (80 x 60) in two columns
Official foliation pp. 572 (3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Collation Uncertain: catchwords suggest that most quires are of 10 leaves ; 1 leaf is excised after p. 532, a bifolium is inserted before an incomplete quire ?6-1 (pp. 523-532, 6th leaf excised after p. 532).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. French red leather over pasteboards; marbled endpapers; gilt edges; 18th century.
Provenance ? Made for the Vallumbrosan monastery of S. Salvio, possibly of Florence: rubric 'Incipit psalterium componitum secundum morem et ordinem Vallis Umbrose' (p. 1); the litany includes Salvius, ‘Sancte pater Benedicte’, John (Gualbert?), and Reparata; Benedict and Salvius are emphasised in the Sanctorale (pp. 269, 407); inscribed, 17th century, ‘De s(an)c(t)o Salvio’ (p. 172).
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 There is no calendar.
The style of the pen-flourished initials changes dramatically at pp. 519-522.
Burney manuscripts were usually paginated while in Burney's collection; this one has not been foliated.
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), pp. 90-91.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), no. 296.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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Historiated initial and border

p. 470
Historiated initial and border
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p. 470
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