Collection of antique and early medieval scientific treatises

Mid 15th Century
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Collection of Antique and early medieval scientific treatises.


1. ff. 2r-4r Bede,De natura rerum etc., extracts

f. 2r Ex Bede presbiteri. De natura rerum et de temporibus libris ... Olympiades anni quatuor ... f. 4r ... similter de luna quantum a sole distet.

2. ff. 4r-32r Censorinus, De die natali

f. 4r Censorinus Eques Romanorum ad Quintum Cerelium patricium. Munera ex auro uel que ex argento nitent ... f. 32r ... Item priapeum si syllabum subripias fieri heroicum.

3. ff. 32r-38v Priscian, Prae-exercitamenta

f. 32r Prisciani preexercitamina ex Hermogene translata. De Fabula. Fabula est oratio ficta ... f. 38v ... cum dicimus quod inglorium est. Prisciani sophistae ars praeexercitationum secundum hermogenem explicit.

4. ff. 39r-47v Boethius, Ex topics excerpta

f. 39r Ex topicis Boecii. Si quis operis titulum diligens examinator inspiciat ... f. 47v ... in iis commentariis quos in aristotelis topica a nobis translata conscripsimus: expeditum est. Finis.

ff. 48r-v blank


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Physical description

1 volume 48 ff. (first & last bl.). folio. 27 x 19 cm. On vellum. Original stamped calf binding cover wooden boards, worn: with 4 clasps, all defective. Outer margins of first leaf (blank) cut away. Written in a neat cursive italic hand, 29 lines to a page. Capitals in alternate blue and red, headings in red.

Acquisition note

Purchased at Sotheby's 7/12/1931, Lot 21.

Finding aids

Catalogue description modified in 2014. For original description, see S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

Ownership note

From the Library of I. T. Adams of Snaithfield, Sheffield.


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  • 65025