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Detailed record for Burney 11

Part 1 ff. 54-522v 
Title Bible with prologues, omitting Psalms
Origin England, Central (Oxford?)
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written 'above top line' (ff. 100-102 'below top line')
Decoration Large foliate initials in colours, predominantly in blue and brown-red (e.g. ff. 54, 57v, 244). Large puzzle initials in blue and red, with blue and red infill and flourishing (e.g. ff. 95, 123v, 138, 147v). Chapter numbers and running-titles in characters alternately blue or red.
Dimensions in mm 130 x 90 (90 x 60 - in two columns)
 
Part 2 ff. 5-53 
Title The Interpretation of Hebrew names
Origin England
Date 2nd quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written 'below top line'
Decoration Large initials alternately red or blue, flourished in the other colour. Small initials alternately red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 130 x 90 (90 x 60 - in three columns)
 
Official foliation ff. iii + 528 (ff. i-iii and 526-528 are flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Burney binding of lightly diced brown calf; rebacked. ff. 1-4 have holes and rust-stains from the clasp fitting of a former binding.
Provenance Unidentified Oxford? owner: foliate details of the decoration (e.g. ff. 465v, 496v, 510v), and the later provenance, suggest an Oxford origin; marginalia, 13th century, referring to the 'Glo'[ssa ordinaria?] (from f. 95v onward) suggest academic use.
Unidentified preacher(?), 15th century: an added table is headed 'Modus p(re)dicandi' (f. 523v).
Thomas Hunt (d. 1492), bookbinder and stationer of the University of Oxford, 1473 (see below).
Clement Canterbury, monk, scholar, and librarian of St Augustine's Canterbury, bought from Hunt on 24 July 1473 for 20 shillings: 'Memorandum quod Anno d(omi)ni. M.o CCCC.o 73o … in vigilia sci. Iacobi apli. … ego D. Cleme(n)s Cantyrbury monachus et scolaris monasterii s(an)c(t)i. Augustini Cantuarie emi hu(n)c libru(m) a Thoma Hunt universiatis Oxonie stac(i)onarie p(ro) quo solui 20ti solidos … p(re)sens erat d(omi)n(u)s Will(el)m(us) Westgat monach(us) ac scolaris p(re)dicti monasterij' (f. 4v); the price 'xx.d.' (f. 525v).
The Benedictine Abbey of St Augustine, Canterbury, given by Clement on 28 February 1474: 'Et hunc libru(m) dedit D. Clemens Cantyrbury … Anno p(re)dicto ultimo die mensis ffebruarii' (f. 4v); 'Biblia D. Cleme(n)tis Cantyrbury de librario s(an)c(t)i. Augustini ext(ra) muros Civit(atis) Cant.', with his initials 'C C' (f. 54); and the arms of the abbey (ff. 5, 54). See Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 43; A. B. Emden, Donors of Books to S. Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury Oxford Bibliographical Society, Occasional Publications, 4 (Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1968), p. 8, pl. II (showing ff. 4v-5); the abbey was dissolved in 1538.
? Thomas Norton (b. 1530-32, d. 1584), lawyer and writer, 1552/3: 'Dono dedit Thomae Norton Thomas [erasure] anno D. 1552 [sic] anno septimo [sic] regni regis Edwardi sexti' (f. 53v; the seventh regal year of Edward VI was from January to July 1553).
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 Chapter divisions are treated inconsistently: often they do not start on new lines; often (e.g. before f. 99) they are not marked except by (added?) marginal chapter numbers; sometimes they start on new lines and the chapter numbers are set into the text area.
Added texts include a synoptic table of the books of the Bible (ff. 1v-2), a numbered list of incipits of the Psalms, and incipits of the six ferial canticles (ff. 2r-v), and a list of the books of the Bible and the (modern) number of chapters in each, followed by a mnemonic (ff. 3v-4).
Marginal annotations 'p' and 'f' perhaps mark the beginning and end of lections (e.g. ff. 331v, 338v).
Added marginal drawings include Absolom with his hair caught on a branch next to the account of his death (f. 180), and a jug adjacent to the word 'amphore' (f. 368v).
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. 2.

Duke Humfrey's Library & The Divinity School 1488-1988: An exhibition at the Bodleian Library June-August 1988 (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 1988), p. 99.

Richard Gameson, ‘Durham’s Paris Bible and the Use of Communal Bibles in a Benedictine Cathedral Priory in the Later Middle Ages’, in Form and Function in the Late Medieval Bible, ed. by Eyal Poleg and Laura Light (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 67-104 (p. 82).
Last revised: 05 January 2005


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Part  1   ff. 54-522v
Bible with prologues, omitting Psalms
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Decorated initial and border

f. 54
Decorated initial and border
Border

f. 54
Border
Decorated initial

f. 54
Decorated initial
 
Decorated initial

f. 57v
Decorated initial
Border

f. 57v
Border
Decorated initials

f. 496v
Decorated initials
 
Initial

f. 496v
Initial

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