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Detailed record for Burney 145

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Title Epistolae ad familiares
Origin Italy, Central (Rome, or Florence?)
Date between c. 1450 and 1464
Language Latin
Script Humanistic, written 'above top line'
Decoration 9 white vine initials, in colours and gold (ff. 2v, 21, 34v, etc.). Small white vine initials, in colours and gold (ff. 1v, 2v, 3v, 4, etc.).
Dimensions in mm 280 x 195 (195 x 110)
Official foliation ff. iii + 121 (ff. i-iii and 119-121 are flyleaves; ff. 117-118 are a former flyleaf and pastedown)
Collation Apparently originally in quires of 10 leaves each; now imperfect at the beginning, end, and elsewhere.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Burney binding of lightly diced calf; the joints repaired; with traces of an earlier binding
Provenance Written c.1450, probably in Rome (or Florence), possibly by a foreigner, according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library.
? John Shirwood (d. 1493), bishop of Durham, bought in London in 1464: inscribed '‘Liber [rest of line erased, perhaps including ‘sacre’] / empt(us) Londoni circiter xiij kalendas januarias ao doi 1464’, below which is added in darker ink ‘quem [erasure] dedit [rest of line erased]’ (f. 118); Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MS. 84 has an inscription ending ‘… Quod ego Jo. Dunelmensis episcopus emi Londoniis circiter xi kalendas Januarii anno domini 1464 …’. *
Robert Bryant of Fornham St Martin, Suffolk, 17th century: inscribed 'Rob(er)t Bryant de ffornham St Martin in com. suff.' (f. 117).
Inscribed 'Master John Be(..)d(..)re of for[nam St ?] martin(?)' (f. 117v).
Inscribed by various members of the Hornigold family, once with the date 1670 (ff. 37, 39, etc.).
Inscribed by various members of the Dearley or Dearsley family, once with the date 1693 (ff. 25, 117, etc.).
Inscribed 'Bordman Brignall' (f. 116v).
Walter Clavell, F. R.S., elected 1704, admitted to the Inner Temple in 1700; in his sale by Heath, London, 29 March 1742, lot 80 on p. 91 of the catalogue.
Samuel Smalbroke: inscribed '‘This MS was bought by me 1742 at the Sale of Mr Clavel’s [below which is added: ficto forsan nomine] Library of Books & MSS at Exeter-Exchange [signed] S. Smalbroke’ (f. 116v); another note with his initials and the date 1742 is on f. 1.
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. 51.
Last revised: 05 January 2005


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f. 47v
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f. 109
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