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Michael Chrysococces (fl. 1435) (& others)

Mid 16th Century
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[by Immanuel ben Jacob Bonfils]. HAEPAESTION Thebanus. Written in a neat cursive hand, with many contractions, 26-30 lines to page. Initials and headings in red. Tables in red and black. The Zodiacal Tables on ff. 59v-65 contain small pen-drawings in red and black within a red circle of the 12 Signs. Ff. 1-22 Blank. Fol. 23 Poem in three six-line stanzas. 24 Acrostical poems, one of seven lines, the initials at beginning, centre and end reading.

1. Haephaestion Thebanus. 22 ll.

2. Georgius Chrysococces. 3 ll.

3. Michael Chrysococces. 1 l.

4. Georgius Chrysococces. 37 ll.


Mid 16th Century

Physical description

1 volume 22 bl. ll. + 22 ll. + 3 ll. + 3 bl. ll. + 1 l. + 37 ll. + 18 bl. ll. folio. 30 x 21 1/2 cm. Original calf binding in oriental style with flap.

Acquisition note

Purchased at Lucerne 25/6/1934, Lot 352.

Biographical note

The main work in this MS. consists of the commentaries by Michael Chrysococces, notary of the Great Church at Trebizond, on the astronomical tables of Immanuel ben Jacob Bonfils of Tarascon [fl. 1360]. These tables were known as the 'Shesh kenafayim' or 'Six wings'-an allusion to the six wings of the Seraphim in Isaias 6.2.

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Database description transcribed from 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).

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Armorial book-plate (30 x 20 1/2 cm.) 'Ex Bibliotheca ... Ferdinandi Hoffman liberi baronis in Grunpühel et Strecau, domini in Grevenstein et Ianowitz...'. Engraved by Lucas Kilian [1579-1637] after Matthaeus Gondolach [ -1637]. From the Dietrichstein Library.

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