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Detailed record for Burney 209

Author Valerius Maximus
Title Facta et dicta memorabilia (ff. 2-179v), followed by a capitula list (ff. 180-181)
Origin France, Central? (Paris?)
Date 1463
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Jean Davarant
Decoration 1 large foliate initial in colours on a gold ground, accompanied by a three-sided border (f. 2). Large initials in gold on grounds of red and blue. Small initials alternately red with blue flourishing, or blue with red flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 160 x 115 (110 x 75)
Official foliation ff. ii + 182 + 181* (ff. i-ii, 181*-182 are flyleaves)
Collation i8+1 (first leaf inserted; ff. 1-9), ii-xxii8 (ff. 10-177), xxii4 (ff. 178-181).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Pre-Burney binding of yellow morocco, with gilt dentelle tooling; pink silk doublures.
Provenance Written for Jean Binel (d. 1491), judge (1473) and mayor (1486-1487) of Anjou: with a detailed scribal colophon: ‘Arietis diuo fauente num(in)e luce tercia Anno incarnac(i)o(n)is do(mini)ce mille(si)mo quadringente(si)mo sexagesimo tercio. Est hic Valerii maximi historiographi complete graficatus liber pro [… two and a half lines erased …] D(omi)no meo colendissi(m)o mag(ist)ro Johanne binel arciu(m) mag(ist)ro ac in legibus licenciato. Me Johanne dauarant et si fas de seip(s)o talia fari foret, arciu(m) mag(ist)ro legu(m) baccalario et tu(n)c t(em)p(o)ris in fructuu(m) universitate amplissi(m)a pro norma(n)nor(um) natione procuratore. Manib(us) protrahente; Dei genitrici laudes. Amen.’ (f. 179v); signed 'Pro Iohanne binel legum minime doctore Binel' (f. 181).
Gilles Ménage (b. 1613, d. 1692), grammarian and lexicographer, son of Guillaume Ménage, king's advocate at Angers: an armorial bookplate records his gift to the Jesuits at Paris: ‘Ex libris quos Domui Professæ Parisiensi Soc. Iesu testamento reliquit vir Clarissim: D. Ægidius Menagius Patritius Andegavensis. vir Inter Literatos Eruditissimus. Anno 1692’ (f. 1).
The Jesuits at Paris: inscribed ‘Domus Professæ Parisiensis Societatis Jesu’ (f. 2); a note in French on the provenance of the manuscript, between 1765 and 1798, ends ‘… en 1765 il appartenoit a la maison professe des jesuites a paris’ (f. 1v), therefore not in their 1764 sale.
Samuel Pegge (b. 1704, d. 1796), Church of England clergyman and antiquary; his sale, 29 March 1798, lot 2074.
Inscribed in ink with a price(?)-code ‘cmino’ (or ‘cmmo’?) (f. 182, top right; cf. Burney 148).
Unidentified owner: in the anonymous sale: Catalogue of a Very Valuable Assemblage of MSS … Lately Collected by a Gentleman on the Continent, 20 May 1815, lot 48, bought by Burney for £10.
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. 58.

A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.700-1600 in the Department of Manuscripts, The British Library, 2 vols (London, 1979), no. 504.

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. 132.
Last revised: 05 February 2005


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