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Detailed record for Burney 235

Part 1 ff. 4-158v 
Author Priscian
Title Grammatica maior
Origin Italy, N.
Date 1434
Language Latin, with some words in Greek
Script Gothic, written above top line
Scribe In part by Johannes de Drizona.
Decoration 1 large historiated initial, with partial border, in colours (f. 4). Large and small initials alternately red or blue, with red penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 170 (170 x 105)
 
Part 2 ff. 159-204 
Author Priscian
Title Grammatica minor
Origin Italy, N.
Date 15th century, after 1434
Language Latin
Script Gothic; Humanistic script from f. 191, all written 'above top line'
Decoration Large and small plain red initials, and red paraphs, as far as f. 190v.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 170
 
Official foliation ff. vii + 211 + 3*, 3** (ff. i-iii, v-vii, 1, and 205-211 are flyleaves)
Collation i4 (ff. 2-3**), ii-xv10 (ff. 4-143), xvi-xvii8 (ff. 144-159), xviii-xix12 (ff. 160-183)), xx-xxi18 (ff. 184-199), xxii6-1 (6th leaf missing, probably blank; ff. 200-205).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Burney binding of diced polished calf; rebacked.
Provenance Written in part in 1434 by Iohannes de Drizona (? Drizzona, between Cremona and Mantua), with his colophon: ‘Explicit Priscianus maior scriptus et finitus per Johannem de Drizona die viiiio [septembris erased] Octobris m cccco xxxiiij’ (f. 158v).
Inscription: ‘C[asen?]sis venetiar(um)’ (f. 4r).
Inscription: ‘Iste liber est domini [erasure] quondam magnifici [erasure] de bonis [erasure]’, with ‘Andreae Sanuto’, ‘Mathei’ and ‘sui Marzupii’ inserted over the erasures (f. 204, cf. f. 3).
Maffeo Pinelli (d. 1785) of Venice: inscriptions '7945', f. 2, and '7946', f. 3**v, corresponding to his inventory number, see Iacobo Morelli, Bibliotheca Maphaei Pinellii Veneti, 6 vols (Venice: Typis Palesii, 1787), III, no. 7945: his London sale, 2 March 1789, lot 12851, bought by Edwards for £1 2s.
James Edwards (b. 1756, d. 1816), book collector and bookseller.
John Haddon Hindley (b. 1765, d. 1827), orientalist: his sale, 4 March 1793, lot 1191, bought by Egerton for 19s.
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 The outlines of the initials on ff. 4, 4v, 150v, and perhaps elsewhere, have been pricked as if for pouncing.
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. 62.

M. Gibson, ‘Priscian, ‘‘Institutiones grammaticae’: A Handlist of Manuscripts’, Scriptorium; Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 26 (1972), 105-24 (p. 114).

Marina Passalacqua, I codici di Prisciano, Sussidi eruditi, 29 (Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 1978), no. 315.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


Images

Part  1   ff. 4-158v
Priscian Grammatica maior
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Historiated initial

f. 4
Historiated initial
Detail

f. 4
Detail
Flourished initial

f. 36v
Flourished initial
 
Detail

f. 36v
Detail

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