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De philosophia naturali LJS 429
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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Abstract

Illustrated introduction to natural philosophy, supposedly according to the principles of Isidore of Seville, but in fact representing later Aristotelian and Thomist thought and opposing the followers of Duns Scotus, including the 15th-century theologians Nicolas d'Orbelles (referred to in the manuscript as Dorbellus) and Etienne Brulefer (in the manuscript as Brulifer). Includes discussion of the proofs of existence of God; the use of the principle of deduction; the celestial spheres and compass points; and the elements, temperaments, and humors.

Physical Description

Support: paper; Extent: 14 leaves : 200 x 138 (135-150 x 90-99) mm; Collation: Paper, 14; 1¹⁴; modern pagination in pencil, [1-9, i, 10-27], upper outer corners.

Layout

Written in 24-29 long lines; vertical bounding lines and very occasional horizontal bounding lines ruled in brown or red ink.

Script

Written in semi-cursive script with some calligraphic broken-letter headings.

Decoration

9 watercolor illustrations and diagrams, 8 full-page (female figure in aristocratic dress, p. 1; male figure in armor, fold-out, p.9; diagram of the head, fold-out, p. [i]; diagram of celestial spheres, fold-out, p. 10; diagram of head with faculties and senses, fold-out, p. 11; diagrams of elements and temperaments, p. 25; diagram including head of Christ with crown of thorns, p. 26; tree of human nature, p. 27) and 1 half-page (diagram of compass points, p. 15); 2 4-line decorated initials (p. 16, 24) and 3 2-line decorated initials (p. 4, 12, 23) in red; rubrics and significant words, underlining, and line-fillers in red; initials touched with red.

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. gathering.

Title supplied by cataloger.

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.

Keywords
15th century
Diagrams
History
Paper
German
Germany
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Place of Origin

Mainz?, Germany

Date

Written in western Germany, probably Mainz, in the late 15th century.

Language

Latin

Provenance

Sold at auction at Reiss & Sohn (Königstein), 2002, no. 123, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.

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

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Place of Origin

Mainz?, Germany

Date

Written in western Germany, probably Mainz, in the late 15th century.

Language

Latin

Provenance

Sold at auction at Reiss & Sohn

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

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

Illustrated introduction to natural philosophy, supposedly according to the principles of Isidore of Seville, but in fact representing later Aristotelian and Thomist thought and opposing the followers of Duns Scotus, including the 15th-century theologians Nicolas d'Orbelles (referred to in the manuscript as Dorbellus) and Etienne Brulefer (in the manuscript as Brulifer). Includes discussion of the proofs of existence of God; the use of the principle of deduction; the celestial spheres and compass points; and the elements, temperaments, and humors.

Notes

Ms. gathering.

Title supplied by cataloger.

Script note

Written in semi-cursive script with some calligraphic broken-letter headings.

Decoration Note

9 watercolor illustrations and diagrams, 8 full-page (female figure in aristocratic dress, p. 1; male figure in armor, fold-out, p.9; diagram of the head, fold-out, p. [i]; diagram of celestial spheres, fold-out, p. 10; diagram of head with faculties and senses, fold-out, p. 11; diagrams of elements and temperaments, p. 25; diagram including head of Christ with crown of thorns, p. 26; tree of human nature, p. 27) and 1 half-page (diagram of compass points, p. 15); 2 4-line decorated initials (p. 16, 24) and 3 2-line decorated initials (p. 4, 12, 23) in red; rubrics and significant words, underlining, and line-fillers in red; initials touched with red.

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.

Keywords
15th century
Diagrams
History
Paper
German
Germany
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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