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Geometria LJS 194
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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Abstract

Collection of geometrical texts, including material from four chapters of the Isagoge geometriae; correspondence with Adelbaldus (also known as Adelbold or Albaldus, of Utrecht) about the area of isosceles triangles; and a treatise on the construction of astrolabes, in which the instrument is referred to by the latinized term astrolapsus. Annotated in the 12th century and also by an unknown late 15th- or early 16th-century humanist who collated the text with other manuscripts and noted the classical sources in the text.

Physical Description

Support: parchment; Extent: 56 leaves : 155 x 106 (121 x 78) mm. bound to 163 x 113 mm; Foliation: Parchment, i (18th-century paper) + 56 leaves + i (18th-century paper); 1-7⁸; one gathering lacking after gathering 6 and perhaps some material at end also lacking; modern foliation in pencil, [1-56], upper right recto.

Layout

Written in 24-25 long lines; ruled in drypoint.

Script

Written in transitional script (or protogothic script) by two hands.

Decoration

Geometric diagrams throughout, including one that is an attempt to represent a cube in three dimensions (f. 4v; Charles Burnett); 4 large (3-line to 10-line) white-vine initials in red ink (f. 1r, 2r, 5r, 8r), 1 zoomorphic 5-line initial formed from a winged dragon (f. 7r), and 1 5-line initial drawn in brown ink (f. 22v); 1-, 3-, and 4-line painted initials in red throughout; some capitals touched in red; rubrics in red; a few manicules early in the manuscript (f. 2r-5v).

For a full list of Decorations in this manuscript please see the Content and Decorations section by clicking on the [i] button in the top left corner of the image viewer above.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title supplied by cataloger.

1. f.1r-48v: [Sections from the first four chapters of Isagoge geometriae]

2. f.49r-51v: [Letter from Gebert to Adelbaldus on the area of triangles, lacking beginning]

3. f.51v-52v: [Response from Adelbaldus to Gebert]

4. f.52v-53v: [Geometrical treatise]

5. f.53v-56r: [Treatise on construction of astrolabe]

6. f.56r-56v: [Additions in other hands, including a repetition of text on f. 22v-23r and a passage on measurement of distance]

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Spine

Keywords
12th century
Diagrams
Austria
Austrian
Astronomy
Geometry
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Place of Origin

Austria?

Date

Written in Bavaria, probably in modern northern Austria, in the mid-12th century, based on similarity of the script to that used at the Benedictine abbey of Saint Lambrecht (Lisa Fagin Davis)..

Binding

18th-century blind-stamped calf; rebacked with spine laid on; GEOMETRIA written on head edge. Some loss to marginal notes and diagrams due to trimming.

Language

Latin

Provenance

Formerly owned by M. Haimmiller (inscription, f. 1r).

Formerly owned by Hieronymus Wilhelm Ebner von Eschenbach, sold at auction in Nuremberg as part of his library, 2 Aug. 1813, lot 311.

Formerly owned by John Bohn and then Sir Thomas Phillipps (Ms. 4437, label on spine).

Probably sold by Robinson Brothers (London), 1945.

Formerly owned by Harrison D. Horblit (Ridgefield, Conn.).

Appeared in H. P. Kraus' cat. 155 (1979), no. 18; also handled by book and manuscript dealer Bruce Ferrini (Akron, Ohio); also appeared in Sam Fogg Ltd. cat. 14 (1991), no. 1.

Formerly owned by John D. Stanitz (Cleveland, Ohio), Ms. 25.

Acquired by Lawrence J. Schoenberg with other Stanitz manuscripts, Sept. 1997.

Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.

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Place of Origin

Austria?

Date

Written in Bavaria, probably in modern northern Austria, in the mid-12th century, based on similarity of the script to that used at the Benedictine abbey of Saint Lambrecht (Lisa Fagin Davis)..

Language

Latin

Provenance

Formerly owned by M. Haimmiller

Formerly owned by Hieronymus Wilhelm Ebner von Eschenbach, sold at auction in Nuremberg as part of his library, 2 Aug. 1813, lot 311.

Formerly owned by John Bohn and then Sir Thomas Phillipps

Probably sold by Robinson Brothers

Formerly owned by Harrison D. Horblit

Appeared in H. P. Kraus' cat. 155

Formerly owned by John D. Stanitz

Acquired by Lawrence J. Schoenberg with other Stanitz manuscripts, Sept. 1997.

Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

Collection of geometrical texts, including material from four chapters of the Isagoge geometriae; correspondence with Adelbaldus (also known as Adelbold or Albaldus, of Utrecht) about the area of isosceles triangles; and a treatise on the construction of astrolabes, in which the instrument is referred to by the latinized term astrolapsus. Annotated in the 12th century and also by an unknown late 15th- or early 16th-century humanist who collated the text with other manuscripts and noted the classical sources in the text.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title supplied by cataloger.

1. f.1r-48v: [Sections from the first four chapters of Isagoge geometriae]

2. f.49r-51v: [Letter from Gebert to Adelbaldus on the area of triangles, lacking beginning]

3. f.51v-52v: [Response from Adelbaldus to Gebert]

4. f.52v-53v: [Geometrical treatise]

5. f.53v-56r: [Treatise on construction of astrolabe]

6. f.56r-56v: [Additions in other hands, including a repetition of text on f. 22v-23r and a passage on measurement of distance]

Script note

Written in transitional script (or protogothic script) by two hands.

Decoration Note

Geometric diagrams throughout, including one that is an attempt to represent a cube in three dimensions (f. 4v; Charles Burnett); 4 large (3-line to 10-line) white-vine initials in red ink (f. 1r, 2r, 5r, 8r), 1 zoomorphic 5-line initial formed from a winged dragon (f. 7r), and 1 5-line initial drawn in brown ink (f. 22v); 1-, 3-, and 4-line painted initials in red throughout; some capitals touched in red; rubrics in red; a few manicules early in the manuscript (f. 2r-5v).

For a full list of Decorations in this manuscript please see the Content and Decorations section by clicking on the [i] button in the top left corner of the image viewer above.

References
Binding Images

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Spine

Keywords
12th century
Diagrams
Austria
Austrian
Astronomy

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