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Detailed record for Burney 188

Author Justin
Title Epitome historiarum Pompeii Trogi
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1465 - c. 1475
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Amerigo di Bartolomeo Corsini (b. 1452, d. 1501), see de la Mare 1985
Decoration 1 large white vine initial in colours and gold, with a three-sided white vine border incorporating birds, and putti holding an escutcheon (the arms erased) (f. 3). 1 large initial in colours and gold (f. 3v). Small initials in plain blue.
Dimensions in mm 255 x 170 (160 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 145 + 2* (ff. 1-2*, 143-145 are flyleaves, the first and last are paper)
Collation i-xiv10 (ff. 3-142).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Typical Askew binding of diced calf with the usual ‘palmette and fleur-de-lis’ gilt roll; marbled endpapers; and parchment flyleaves.
Provenance Copied by the Florentine scribe Amerigo Corsini (b. 1452, d. 1501; active as a scribe by 1464, aged about 12), with his colophon: ‘Haec iustini volumina amerigus corsinus transcripsit.’ (f. 142; see A. J. Dunston, ‘Two Gentlemen of Florence: Amerigus and Philippus Corsinus’, Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 22 (1968), 46-50 (p. 48 no. 3 and pl. 10); and A. C. de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Minatura fiorentina del rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed by A. Garzelli and A. C. de la Mare, Inventari e cataloghi toscani, 18-19, 2 vols ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, 395-421 (p. 481 no. 3)).
Unidentifed owner: his erased arms (f. 3).
Anthony Askew (b. 1722, d. 1172), physician and book collector: bound for him; his sale, 7 March 1785, lot 475, bought by 'Lewes' for £1 5s; in the sale of Askew-Lewes lots appended to the sale of the library of Mr Edwards, 12 February 1787, lot 1500, bought by d'Eon for £2 8s.
Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée, Chevalier D'Éon de Beaumont in the French nobility (b. 1728, d. 1810), diplomatist and transvestite: inscription 'De la Bibliotheque de la Chevaliere d'Eon' (f. 2), '£25. st.' in red (f. 2v); and with a ten-line note attributed to him (f. 1v); in his sale catalogue, part 4, 5 May 1791, lot 15 (described as 'olim Maffeianus', probably in error); and 12 February 1813, lot 9.
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 Prof A. C. de la Mare dated this manuscript to the mid-15th century in unpublished notes kept at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, but as the scribe was born in 1452, it is unlikely to date before about 1465.
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. 56.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra, (Turin: Roux, 1890), no. 283.

Albinia de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli, 2 vols, ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, pp. 395-574 (p. 481).

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum. A finding list of uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued humanistic manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other libraries, 7 vols (London: The Warburg Institute, 1963; repr. 1977-1997) IV (Alia Itinera II): Great Britain to Spain (1989), p. 134.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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