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Tractatum de spera ... etc. LJS 216
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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Abstract

Collection of three scientific works, nearly contemporary with the life of the author: one work on cosmology and astronomy, one on arithmetic, and one on the division of time according to the movements of the sun and moon. The first work originally followed the second and third, and the beginning of the second work is missing.

Physical Description

Support: parchment; Extent: 58 leaves : 165 x 110 (97 x 59) mm. bound to 171 x 120 mm; Foliation: Parchment, i (modern parchment) + 58 + i (modern parchment); 1⁸(-1) 2¹² 3⁸(-2) 4⁸(-1) 5⁸(-1) 6⁶ 7⁸ 8⁶(-1); contemporary foliation in ink, [59], 60-77, 3-44, [45], upper right recto, many trimmed; modern foliation in pencil, [1-45, 45-57], upper right recto. References in this record are to modern foliation. Gatherings 3-7 have framed horizontal catchwords, lower right verso (f. 25v, 32v leading to a missing leaf, 39v, 45v, 52v).

Layout

Written in 26 long lines; frame-ruled in lead with double bounding lines (2 double bounding lines in outer margins).

Script

Written in Gothic book script by a single hand.

Decoration

3 8-line historiated initials related stylistically to those of the Bari workshop showing the author teaching astronomy to 2 students, all tonsured (f. 1r, 29r, 43v); 7 illustrations including a diagram of the zones of the earth (painted, f. 16v); diagrams of the movements of the sun and moon around the earth and lunar and solar eclipses (colored drawings, f. 18r, 19r, 19v); a circular image of a serpent biting its tail (painted, f. 36r); a table of solar conjunctions (painted, f. 40r); and an image of circles surrounding a flower (painted, f. 55v); first lines next to historiated initials in ornamented display uncials (f. 1r, 29r); 2-line initials in red or blue with penwork infilling and marginal extensions in red and blue; rubrics in red gothic script or black chancery script; paragraph marks in red or blue.

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 from incipit (f. 1r).

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.

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Keywords
13th century
Illumination
Diagrams
French
France
Science
Mathematics
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Place of Origin

Paris?

Date

Probably written in Paris between 1256 and 1270.

Binding

Modern velvet.

Language

Latin

Provenance

Formerly owned by Robert B. Honeyman (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Ms. Astron. 11/Ms. 56.

Sold at auction at Sotheby's in the Honeyman collection of scientific books and manuscripts, Part III, 2 May 1979, lot 1089.

Handled by Maggs Bros.; appeared in a Sam Fogg Ltd. catalog (Autumn/Winter 1995).

Formerly owned by John D. Stanitz (Cleveland, Ohio), Ms. 47.

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

Paris?

Date

Probably written in Paris between 1256 and 1270.

Language

Latin

Provenance

Formerly owned by Robert B. Honeyman

Sold at auction at Sotheby's in the Honeyman collection of scientific books and manuscripts, Part III, 2 May 1979, lot 1089.

Handled by Maggs Bros.; appeared in a Sam Fogg Ltd. catalog

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 three scientific works, nearly contemporary with the life of the author: one work on cosmology and astronomy, one on arithmetic, and one on the division of time according to the movements of the sun and moon. The first work originally followed the second and third, and the beginning of the second work is missing.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title from incipit (f. 1r).

Script note

Written in Gothic book script by a single hand.

Decoration Note

3 8-line historiated initials related stylistically to those of the Bari workshop showing the author teaching astronomy to 2 students, all tonsured (f. 1r, 29r, 43v); 7 illustrations including a diagram of the zones of the earth (painted, f. 16v); diagrams of the movements of the sun and moon around the earth and lunar and solar eclipses (colored drawings, f. 18r, 19r, 19v); a circular image of a serpent biting its tail (painted, f. 36r); a table of solar conjunctions (painted, f. 40r); and an image of circles surrounding a flower (painted, f. 55v); first lines next to historiated initials in ornamented display uncials (f. 1r, 29r); 2-line initials in red or blue with penwork infilling and marginal extensions in red and blue; rubrics in red gothic script or black chancery script; paragraph marks in red or blue.

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
13th century
Diagrams
French
France
Science
Mathematics
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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