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Detailed record for Burney 165

Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Title Disputationes tusculanae (ff. 1-91v), De finibus (ff. 93-178v), Academica, Book I (ff. 178v-186v)
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date c. 1470 (1468 or later)
Language Latin, with some words in Greek
Script Humanistic cursive, written 'above top line', with vertical catchwords
Scribe Ludovicus de Vannuchoris of Lucca (to whom at least 36 other manuscripts can be attributed), according to unpublished notes of A. C. de la Mare at the Bodleian Library
Decoration 2 white vine initials, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the main texts (ff. 1, 93), the first accompanied by display capitals in gold and three colours. Small initials in colours and gold at the beginning of lesser textual divisions (ff. 24, 37, 53v, etc.).
Dimensions in mm 255 x 180 (165 x 95)
Official foliation ff. i + 187 (ff. i and 187 are flyleaves)
Collation i-xviii10 (ff. 1-180), xix8-2 (ff. 181-186).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red velvet, 18th century; pink silk pastedowns; edges gilt; the tail edge inscribed; rebacked.
Provenance Written probably in Rome by Lodovico Vannuchori, apparently copied from Lucca, Biblioteca Capitolare, MS. VIII 562, written by the same scribe and dated 1468; he also probably copied Harley 3953 from the same exemplar.
Unidentified humanistic owners: annotated in Latin and Greek in humanistic script by several hands.
Unidentified Italian(?) owner, 18th century: with his foliation (cf. Burney 142, 150, 168, and 208).
? Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Rome: with an unidentified erased circular stamp (ff. 1, 186v), and thus perhaps alienated from the library during Napoleonic upheavals (see Hunt, 1998, p. 186).
Unidentified English owner: inscribed '£1-10-0', 18th century (f. 186v; cf. Burney 142, 150, 168, 177, and 208).
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. 53.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), no. 278.

Terence J. Hunt, A Textual History of Cicero's Academici libri, Mnemosyne, bibliotheca classica Batava: Supplementum, 181 (Leiden: Brill, 1998), pp. 186-89.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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