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Free Library of Philadelphia, LC 14 10. England, Circa 1487. This manuscript contains the Statuta nova written circa 1487.
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, English
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 39. Italy, Possibly Siena or Venice; mid-13th century. This manuscript is a northern Italian Bible from the middle of the thirteenth century. It is decorated with sixteen historiated initials and numerous decorated and pen-flourished intials. Scrap leaves with chant notation and an index of incipits precede the Bible text, and the index of Hebrew names follows it.
Topics: Bible, 13th century, Christian
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 77. France, Early 14th century. This manuscript is an early fourteenth-century copy of the Decretales of Pope Gregory IX, compiled by Raymond of Peñafort in the second quarter of the thirteenth century, glossed with the mid-thirteenth-century commentary of Bernardo da Parma, also known as Bernardo Bottoni. Copied in France, it is written in the littera bononiensis typical of these manuscripts. On each page, the Decretales text is written in a larger...
Topics: Legal, Commentary, 14th century
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by The Rosenbach
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The Rosenbach, Free Library of Philadelphia, MS 241/2. Angers?, France, According to the contemporary colophon, fol. 204v, written by order of René of Anjou for Louis Martel, seigneur d'Angierville, his councilor and chamberlain, in 1437; 1437. This imposing manuscript contains a trilogy of versified allegorical works by Guillaume de Deguileville (1295-before 1358), the popular Cistercian author whose works circulated widely in French. The first text contained in the manuscript is the...
Topics: Miscellany, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 33. Paris, France, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Paris Bible.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 34. Paris, France, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Bible written in Paris, France.
Topics: Bible, Christian, 13th century
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 32. Oxford?, England, Circa 1230. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Vulgate Bible, written in England, lacking the Psalms and the prologue before Genesis. Many of the numerous brief marginal notes have been trimmed. The Bible is followed by the end of an incomplete Interpretation of Hebrew Names, starting in the letter S (fols. 249r-251r), and three pages of medieval notes (fols. 251v-252v). The published account of the first two articles (out of...
Topics: Bible, Christian, 13th century
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 158. France, Paris, Circa 1275. This noted Dominican Missal, likely produced in Paris, contains thirteen historiated initials by the Johannes Grusch workshop. A series of prayers for Charles I, King of Sicily (r. 1265-1285) and his family indicate an early Southern Italian or Sicilian ownership.
Topics: 13th century, Missal, Historiated initial
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 50. Ghent?, Belgium, Use of Ghent; late 15th century. A Breviary of the Use of Ghent containing a calendar, tables, ferial psalter, and concluding prayers added in a different, but early, hand. Amendations to the calendar indicate a change of use early in the manuscript's history. The major textual divisions are marked by illuminated letters two-to-five lines high and three- or four-sided panels of acanthus leaf sprays.
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, Belgium
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 12. Rome, Italy, 1462. This manuscript contains John Chrysostom's Homeliae in johannis evangelium, translated by Francesco Griffolini of Arezzo. The scribe is identified in the colophon as Lambert Leynen, who copied the manuscript in Rome in 1462. The manuscript belonged to the library of the Carthusian Charterhouse of Saint Barbara in Cologne and previous owners include Leander van Ess, Sir Thomas Phillipps, and John Meade Falkner.
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Humanistic
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 31. Oxford?, England, Circa 1230. This manuscript is a Vulgate Bible written in England in the second quarter of the thirteenth century. It has typical layout in two columns and decorations of red and blue initials, running titles, and chapter numbers. The Bible is followed by a concordance written in three columns.
Topics: Bible, Christian, England
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Quaker & Special Collections
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Haverford College, Quaker & Special Collections, 1250 J2.16.10. Northern France, Circa 1200. This manuscript is an early thirteenth-century Bible with additional prayers and appendices. It features over fifty highly elaborate zoomorphic and inhabited initials with decorated initials throughout.
Topics: 13th century, Bible, France
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Library Company
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Library Company, 9. England, 13th century. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century English Bible that was presented to the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1768 by Dr. George Vaux of London. The books of the Bible are bound in an unusual order, in a later binding with signs of trimming. In the Hebrew scriptures, Psalms is followed by the minor prophets, then the major prophets, then the wisdom books. Leaves at the end of Ezekiel and the beginning of Daniel are missing (between fols. 307 and...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, English
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑1. Paris, France, Illuminated by the Orosius Master and his workshop, Paris, circa 1408-1410; circa 1408-1410. This manuscript is a deluxe illuminated copy of the first five books of Raoul de Presles's French translation of and commentary on Augustine's City of God, a theological and historical treatise countering the claim that the Roman Empire fell because of its conversion to Christianity. The French translation, commissioned by...
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 48. Amberg, Bavaria, Germany, Made in Amberg, Bavaria, December 15, 1420; december 15, 1420. This manuscript contains a fifteenth-century copy of Henri Bohic's Liber primus distinctionum super Decretales, a commentary on canon law. Bohic (1310-1350) was a professor of canon law at the University of Paris.
Topics: Commentary, Christian
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 256. Bavaria?, Southern Germany, German Cistercian Monastery; 1318-1325. This manuscript is a complete fourteenth-century Cistercian Breviary from Germany.
Topics: Breviary, 14th century, Germany
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 37. Italy, Possibly made in Genoa or Naples; circa 1260-1280. This manuscript is a large Latin Bible with prologues and the Interpretationes Hebraicorum nominum. It was written in Italy in rotunda script between approximately 1260 and 1280, but the historiated and illuminated initials from the beginning of the Old Testament through the wisdom writings are by a French illuminator. An Italian illuminator is responsible for the decoration in the rest of the...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, French
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 166. France, Circa 1300. This volume, written in France circa 1300, mostly consists of the Summa de vitiis of Guilelmus Peraldus, followed by a shorter treatise on the virtues, with pages of notes bound in at the beginning and end. The text is written in Gothic textualis with several changes of hand and occasional manicules in the side margins and stemmata or lists in the lower margin. Its decoration largely consists of red initials, paragraph marks, and...
Topics: 14th century, France, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by The Rosenbach
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The Rosenbach, Free Library of Philadelphia, MS 232/15. Northern France, 14th century. This manuscript is a fourteenth-century psalter, written in textualis script in northern France. Leaves with historiated initials have been removed, including the initials for Psalm 1 (before fol. 1) and Psalm 27 (before fol. 55), leaving the initials for Psalm 81 (fol. 198r) and Psalm 110 (fol. 276r). Every page has a relatively simple lateral border along the left margin in gold, blue, and pink, usually...
Topics: Psalter, 14th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 5. Eastern Germany or Poland, Written in Eastern Germany or Poland, completed 18 May 1454; ownership note along bottom margin of f. 1r: Ex libris Matthaei Ant. Donadzki, Thorunensis ad S. Laurentium prepositi, ad S. Joannis Commendarii. Hic liber dono oblatus usui R.R. Patrum O.S. Francisci de Observentia in Conventu Thorunensis degentium. 1727.; in top margin of fol. 1r shelf list N.18 (crossed out) B. 4; catalogue entry glued to inside front cover; purchased from...
Topics: 15th century, Poland, Treatise
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 28. Paris, France, Mid- 13th century. This compact Parisian bible contains the letter and prologue of Saint Jerome, the Latin text of the Vulgate, and an alphabetical list of Hebrew names with their interpretations. The final folio contains notes and finding aids in an early hand. The book was produced in the mid-thirteenth century. It is decorated with seven historiated initials (Saint Jerome, fol. 1r; the Seven Days of Creation, fol. 5r; Solomon Teaching,...
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Topics: 13th century, French, France
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Special Collections
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Lehigh University, Special Collections, Lehigh Codex 10. Naples, Italy, Second half 15th century. This late fifteenth-century manuscript, written on paper, contains a compilation of alchemical texts assembled and copied by Arnold of Brussels. For the most part, it was made in Naples between 1472 and 1490, as often noted at the end of works (for example, fols. 149r, 182v, 196v). A group of works in the middle of the volume appear to be in a different, possibly German, hand (fols. 79-101). As...
Topics: Alchemy, 15th century, Italy
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 36. Padua or Venice, Italy, Circa 1260-1280. This Italian Bible was probably produced in either Padua or Venice in the second half of the thirteenth century. It features a classic Italian rotunda script, while the stylistic traits visible in the miniatures, such as the green flesh tones and highlighting of the drapery of the figures in the historiated initials, link this Bible to those produced by the renowned Italian scribe Giovanni da Gaibana of Padua at...
Topics: 13th century, Italian, Italy
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 35. Pontigny?, France, Possibly a monastic study text from the Cistercian abbey at Pontigny, where Langton resided 1207-1213; between 1220 and 1230. This manuscript is a partial copy of Stephen Langton's commentary on the Pentateuch, covering Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. It was copied in France, possibly Pontigny, circa 1220-1230. It is not a fine copy, written on parchment of varying size, many sheets with irregular edges and holes, with very limited...
Topics: Commentary, 13th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 236. Paris, France, Early 14th century. This manuscript is a Breviary made in Paris early in the fourteenth century for the Franciscan Use of Rome, and contains lists of the ferial antiphons, feasts, absolutions, and blessings (fols. 1r-11v), a calendar (fols. 13r-24v), a liturgical psalter (fols. 25r-263r), the temporale and sanctorale cycles of feasts (fols. 266r-533v), the Little Office of the Virgin (fols. 534r-552r), the Office of the Dead (fols....
Topics: Breviary, 14th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 142. Neuberg, Germany, 1458 October 17. Little is known about Johannes Nicolaus de Milis except that he was the author of this legal text, which he wrote in the 1430s, and that he was probably from Verona. The text itself comprises a legal glossary arranged alphabetically, beginning with absenti. This manuscript was made in the Bavarian town of Neuberg by the scribe Georgius of Neuberg, who completed the work on Oct. 17, 1458. Although the book was written...
Topics: 15th century, Glossary, Germany
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 16. Italy, Early 16th century. This is an early sixteenth-century Italian manuscript by Domizio Calderino, which includes two texts: a treatise on the gods and a commentary on Virgil's Aeneid. The manuscript is made of five or six different paper stocks, one of which is of a smaller size. The initials of the first words in each text division are in large majuscules outside the text block.
Topics: Treatise, Commentary, 16th century
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 31. Northern Europe, 15th-16th century. This is a fifteenth- or sixteenth century breviary from Northern Europe.
Topics: 15th century, 16th century, Breviary
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 30. England, Oxford?; second quarter of the 13th century. This manuscript is a Bible with prologues (lacking the Psalms), written in England, possibly Oxford, in the second quarter of the thirteenth century. It is decorated throughout with blue initials flourished with red; running titles and chapter numbers in alternating red and blue letters; and rubrication and touches to capitals in red ink. It has frequent brief marginal notes from early owners, owner...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, England
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 238. England, First half of the 15th century. This manuscript contains the Brut Chronicle, Common version to 1377 with full continuation, Stage 1, with an additional single folio on the Betrayal of Calais to the French in 1557.
Topics: England, Chronicle, Scroll
Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 190. Germany, Early 15th century. This paper manuscript was made in Germany in the early fifteenth century. It contains a complement to the unfinished third book of Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica made by a Reynoldus Romanus (fols. 1r-308r) complete with table of contents (fols. 309r-312v). A parchment tag has been added to fol. 309 for easy reference to this index. The text itself is simply adorned with colored capitals in red ink, one of which has been...
Topics: Treatise, Liturgy, 15th century
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 38. Siena?, Italy, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a Bible written in Italy, perhaps Siena, in the thirteenth century. Each book of the Bible begins with a historiated initial; approximately ten initials have been cut out, as well as outer half of the fourth leaf. The text of the Bible is written in two columns of rotunda script; it is followed by The Interpretation of Hebrew Names, also in two columns, which is missing the entries at the end after Zava....
Topics: Bible, 13th century, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 170. France Italy, Third quarter 13th century to first quarter 14th century. This volume contains Peter Lombard's Liber IV sententiarum (Four Books of Sentences) in two neat columns of text. It is embellished with large decorated initials at important divisions in the text, such as the start of the prologue and of each individual book (fols. 1r, 3r, 63r, 65r, 116v, and 156v). Its wide margins have been filled with copious notes and annotations in a number...
Topics: Treatise, 14th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by The Rosenbach
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The Rosenbach, Free Library of Philadelphia, MS 484/11. Italy, 13th century. This manuscript is an Italian thirteenth-century copy of Bernard of Clairvaux's Sermones Super Cantica Canticorum (Sermons on the Song of Songs).
Topics: Collection of Sermons, 13th century, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 198. Florence?, Italy, Circa 1450. This volume of works by Virgil, likely produced in Florence in the mid-fifteenth century, contains a verse prologue (fol. 1v), followed by the Aeneid (fols. 2r-145r), Eclogues (fols. 147r-159v), Georgics (fols. 160r-191v), and two Poems for Virgil (fol. 192r and 192v). The first folio of the Aeneid text is decorated with an inhabited initial showing Aeneas in armor, and a blank escutcheon, filled in with a later...
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 9. Italy, Mid-15th century. This is an Italian manuscript from the mid-fifteenth century, which contains Eusebius' De evangelica praeparatione, translated by George of Trebizond.
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Humanistic
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 244. Bologna, Italy, Third quarter 13th century. This large manuscript contains the Infortiatum of Justinian's Digest of Roman Law, along with the thirteenth-century jurist Accursius's commentary. Accursius died in 1263, so this Bolognese manuscript of circa 1270-1280 is an early example of his work. Both the primary text and the commentary are extensively glossed, in near-contemporary and later medieval hands. The parchment evinces historic damage and...
Topics: 13th century, Italian, Annotated
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Library Company
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Library Company, 20. Germany, 15th century. This manuscript is a fifteenth-century collection of devotional works, including the sermons of the thirteenth-century Dominican Jacobus de Voragine; the Postilla de dominicis of the late thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Franciscan Nicholas of Lyra; and the Itinerarius eternitatis. Written in Germany in Gothic cursive script by multiple hands, the manuscript is simply decorated in red ink and has frequent marginal readers' notes and marks. Text...
Topics: Collection of sermons, 15th century, German
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1883‑53. Tuscany?, Italy, Circa 1300. This manuscript is a large Italian antiphonary for the feasts and ferial days from Easter through the end of the liturgical year. The chants are written in square notation on four-line staves and the Latin texts are written in rotunda script, with red and blue initials throughout and large decorated initials in red, blue, and yellow. The first quire (fols. 1-7) contains chants for Epiphany and ends with a...
Topics: 13th century, 14th century, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 6. Reims?, France Italy, 14th century. This manuscript is a fourteenth-century French Antiphonary, for Dominican use, in two parts. The first part is the Antiphonary, and the second part is Antiphons for a weekly cycle of feasts dedicated to the Virgin.
Topics: Antiphonary, 14th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 239. Metz?, Germany, Circa 1020. This manuscript is a copy of the Gospels written in Caroline Minuscule in Germany, possibly Metz, circa 1020. The prefatory material for the Gospel of Matthew is probably missing; the other Gospels have prefaces and synopses, but the first leaf of the Gospel text in each is missing and has been supplied later, perhaps in the fifteenth century. The lower margins have been cut from some leaves (fols. 60, 120, 143, 176, 182),...
Topics: Gospels, 11th century, German
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑5. Paris, France, Between 1405 and 1410. This Book of Hours for the Use of Paris, typical of luxury manuscripts created at the beginning of the fifteenth century, is richly illuminated with fourteen large miniatures and thirty-four small miniatures, as well as calendar vignettes and twenty-eight historiated and inhabited initials. The book begins with a calendar (pp. 1-24), in French, followed by Gospel Lessons (pp. 25-39),...
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑7. Poissy, France, Made for a Dominican house, likely Poissy (see Naughton 1995 and Naughton 1998); second quarter 14th century. This manuscript is a fourteenth-century Dominican Gradual most likely from Poissy, France, in an unusual small and portable format. Following the Temporal, Sanctoral (which includes Thomas Aquinas [fol. 210v], Peter Martyr [fol. 215r], the Translation of Saint Dominic [fol. 219v], Dominic [fol. 229v], and...
Topics: Gradual, 14th century, Christian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 168. France, Early 14th century. This manuscript contains the Latin text of Petrus Comestor's biblical paraphrase, the Historia scholastica (fols. 1r-214v). It includes tables of contents for each book of scripture covered, as well as marginal glosses in near contemporary and later medieval hands in both drypoint and ink. The body text is helpfully annotated with running headings and chapter numbers, and this book also contains medieval foliation in ink....
Topics: Commentary, 14th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑3. Paris, France, Between 1450 and 1480. This lavish manuscript copy of the Roman de la Rose features a remarkably dense iconographic cycle, containing seventy-five ornate miniatures. It was illuminated in the second half of the fifteenth century in the workshop of Maitre Francois, and the miniatures are the work of at least two artists. The program of illustrations favors the text of Guillaume de Lorris, which has forty-four...
Topics: 15th century, French, France
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Widener 4. Paris, France, Fol. 26v contains the arms of Jean III, seigneur of Acigné and of Cordemai (c. 1430-1497), son of Jean II, seigneur of Acigné and of Fontenay (1409-1462), and of Catherine de Malestroit de Chateaugiron (d. 13 November 1434); the letters K and S (Calendar, Suffrages, and possibly insignia on covers) may refer to King Charles VI of France; circa 1405. This manuscript is a Book of Hours was made for the use of Rennes in 1405 and features a...
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by The Rosenbach
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The Rosenbach, Free Library of Philadelphia, MS 431/24. Southern Germany, 22 August 1452. This manuscript is a southern German copy, dated 1452, of books 3 through 6 of the confessional manual by the fourteenth-century Franciscan Astesano, with reference tables at the end of the volume. Its binding, also mid-fifteenth-century, is by Johannes Fogel of Erfurt, Thuringia, incorporating multiple stamps used by Fogel, including one of his name. The text is written in two columns of forty-eight lines...
Topics: 15th century, German, Germany
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Widener 002. Rouen, France, Third quarter 15th century. This large manuscript is a fifteenth-century copy on parchment of the first volume of the Bible historiale complétée (Genesis-Esther), which was taken from the Bible historiale of Guyart des Moulins, together with Job, Psalms, the Gospels from the second volume of the Bible historiale complétée and an otherwise unknown French translation of Revelation. The text of the French translation of the Vulgate...
Topics: Bible, 15th century, French
Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 247. Cirencester?, England, Late 12th century or early 13th century. This manuscript contains imperfect copies of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Anglorum (fols. 1r-25v) and of William of Malmesbury's Gesta regum Anglorum (fols. 26r-55v), two important twelfth-century English historical texts. The Historia ends part-way through chapter XVI of book VII, and the Gesta contains only the first three books (and ends imperfectly). The manuscript was made in...
Topics: 12th century, 13th century, England
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 169. Italy, Early 14th century. This manuscript is an early fourteenth-century French copy of the third edition of Petrus de Riga's Aurora, a commentary on the Bible in verse. The format of the volume is tall and thin. Running titles indicate the book of the Bible at the top of each page. Simple initials in red and blue and rubrication in red appear throughout the text. Leaves may be missing at the end. A 1915 letter from Wilfrid Voynich to John Frederick...
Topics: Commentary, 14th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 15. Italy, Third quarter 15th century. This is an Italian manuscript from the third quarter of the fifteenth century, which contains Paulus Orosius' Historiae adversus paganos.
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Humanistic
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Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History, Othmer MS 1. Bergamo?, Milan?, Pavia?, Como?, Northwestern Italy, Probably before 22 December 1438. This manuscript contains a recipe collection with more than 520 different recipes on topics ranging from alchemy and medicine to solutions for simple household problems such as fleas, with an extensive alphabetical index.
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Linderman Library
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Lehigh University, Lehigh University, Special Collections, Lehigh Codex 15. Northeastern France(?) or Flanders(?), Late 14th or early 15th century. This damaged Book of Hours was likely produced in Northeastern France or Flanders in the late fourteenth century or early fifteenth century. The manuscript begins with a Calendar, which is lacking its first and last months. The book contains the Hours of the Virgin for Franciscan Use, followed by the Hours of the Cross and Hours of the Holy Spirit,...
Topics: 15th century, France, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 46. France, Circa 1350. This manuscript contains a biblical commentary on select books of the Old Testament.
Topics: Bible, 14th century, France
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 45. Italy, Second quarter of the 15th century. This is a humanistic manuscript of letters by Leonardo Bruni, with one letter of Coluccio Salutati to Innocent VIII (fols. 2v-3v), copied in Italy in the second quarter of the fifteenth century. The lower margin has been cut away from over half of the leaves, with no loss of text. Multiple readers have added notes and manicules in the margins.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 106. Flanders, Bruges, Belgium, Unidentified coat-of-arms (azure a siband sinister or, over all a lion rampant sable to sinister), apparently original, on fol. 13r; 1460s. This compact Book of Hours opens with a calendar containing Saints associated with Flanders and Northern France, including Saints Amandus and Vedastus (February 6, fol. 2r), Saints Remigius and Bavo (October 1, fol. 10r), Saint Eligius (December 1, fol. 12r) and Saint Nicasius (December...
Topics: 15th century, Flemish, Netherlands
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 23. Germany, First half of the 15th century. This manuscript is a compilation of sermons, almost all by Augustine, copied in Germany in the first half of the fifteenth century. The first section of the volume is a group of sermons by Augustine that concludes with Cyprian's De mortalitate (attributed to Augustine in its rubric, with a correction by a somewhat later reader, fol. 72r). The second section of the volume is a second group of sixty-four sermons by...
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Temple University, Special Collections Research Center, (SPC) MSS BH 056 COCH. Cuzco, Peru, 1571. This manuscript is an account book kept by a Spanish royal treasury official in Peru for the year 1571, documenting revenue received and payments made on behalf of the King of Spain, and tributes or royal fifths levied against the native people of the Spanish colony. The title Libro de thesorero Diego de Salzedo para deste ano de 1571 is written on both the upper cover and the first folio. A table...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 84. England, First half of 14th century. This manuscript is a fourteenth-century theological miscellany written in England. This manuscript contains a collection of theological writings, including Book III of Gregory the Great's Moralia in Job, an anonymous treatise entitled Summa de trinitate, Hugh of St. Cher's Speculum ecclesiae (Mirror of the Church), and Innocent III's De miseria conditionis humanae (On the misery of the human condition).
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 10. Verona?, Northern Italy, Second half of the 15th century. This is an Italian manuscript from the second half of the fifteenth century, which contains: Pseudo-Eusebius' Epistola de morte Hieronomi ad Damasium; Pseudo-Augustine's Epistola de magnificentiis Hieronymi ad Cyrillum; Pseudo-Cyrillus' Epistola ad beatum Augustinum de miraculis Hieronymi; Sulpicius Severus' De vita beati Martini, his Tituli metrici de Santo Martino, and his Dialogus I-III; Gregory of...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 82. Germany, 1464. This manuscript contains a copy of Vitae patrum dated 1464.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, LC 14 13. England, Early 14th century.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 243. Paris, France, Written and illuminated between 1220 and 1230 in Paris; added missal leaf (Flyleaf 3) written second half 13th century in northern France; circa 1220-1230. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century copy of the books of the Minor Prophets, from Hosea to Malachi, with interlinear and marginal glosses. The end of Malachi is missing, with the text and gloss breaking off at Malachi 4:5. A historiated initial with a prophet portrait marks the...
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Lehigh University, Special Collections, Lehigh Codex 13. Italy, February 22, 1462. This is a fifteenth-century manuscript copy of Virgil's Aeneid on paper, written in Italy and dated 22 February 1462. There are many textual corrections, annotations and drawings in a later hand. Bears the inscription Michael Bone.
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Temple University, Special Collections Research Center, (SPC) MSS 133. France, Written and illuminated in the Lorraine or Champagne regions of northeastern France, circa 1450-1475, with later notes added circa 1500; second half 15th century. This book of hours was made in northeastern France following the Use of Toul in the Hours of the Virgin and Office of the Dead, with Infancy Cycle miniatures for the Hours of the Virgin. The calendar, brief Hours of the Cross and Hours of the Holy Spirit...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 14. Italy, Circa 1465; no later than 1471 on account of ownership inscription. This volume contains the De censuris ecclesiasticis, a theological treatise relating to ecclesiastical censures by Antoninus of Florence (1389-1459), Dominican Friar and Archbishop of Florence, as well as three Papal Bulls: Bulla Cum in omnibus iudiciis (May 11, 1464, Paul II); Constitutiones (November 17, 1461, Pius II); and Bulla Cum detestabile scelus (November 23, 1464, Paul...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 197. Italy, Circa 1480. This late fifteenth century manuscript, likely produced in Florence, contains the text of Thomas de Waleys's commentary on Saint Augustine's De civitate dei (City of God). Waleys was a Dominican, likely from Wales, who was educated at Oxford and Paris and was active in the first half of the fourteenth century.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, LC 14 9.5. London?, England, Circa 1450. This manuscript contains the Statuta nova
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 6. Ferrara, Italy Venice, Italy Castro Massignani, Mid-fifteenth century. This is a mid-fifteenth century Italian manuscript, which contains various letters from Cicero or Pseudo-Cicero; two unidentified homilies; an index of Petrarch's sonnets, Petrarch's Canzoniere, poems 5 and 4 from his Rime disperse, and his Trionfi; and Pseudo-Seneca's De remediis fortuitorum bonorum liber. The scribe is identified as Petrus de Carbonibus, whose colophons recur frequently...
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Haverford College, Quaker & Special Collections, Rendel Harris 1. Northern Spain, Most likely from Tudela, Burgeos, or Soria in northern Spain, based on the Sephardic script, use of a reed pen, eight sheets per quire, sequence of books after Malachi, and the page pricking method, according to Rachel Beckwith; 1266. This manuscript is a Hebrew Bible with a colophon dated 5026 (1266), written in Spain, probably Tudela, Burgeos, or Soria. It has an unusual book order after the Prophets, only...
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Temple University, Special Collections Research Center, (SPC) MSS BH 007 COCH. Florence?, Italy, 1481. This manuscript is a fifteenth-century Italian compendium of practical information for Florentine merchants, including rules of exchange and a method for finding out what day of the week a given month begins in a given year. It is a humanistic manuscript on parchment. The work in this manuscript was published in Florence in December 1481; the colophon of the manuscript is dated July 1481. The...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Widener 7. Paris?, France, Early 15th century. This manuscript is a Book of Hours made for the use of Paris in the early fifteenth century. While it is mostly written in Latin, its Calendar (fols. 1r-12v), triple graded in gold, red, and ultramarine, is written in French, as are the accessory prayers (fols. 240r-248v). The book opens with a calendar, in French (fols. 1r-12v), followed by the Gospel Lessons (fols. 13r-18v) and the Hours of the Virgin for the Use of...
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, French
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 171. Italy, Number of French saints in Litany (fols. 10r-12r), suggesting made for use in France; circa 1420. This Pontifical was made in the north of Italy, perhaps in the Veneto, circa 1420. The text follows William Durandus's late thirteenth-century Pontifical closely. He is mentioned in the rubric on fol. 65v. It includes a number of French saints in the Litany including Denis, Hilary, and Martial, but most notably Saint Privatus, dedicatee of Mende...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 69. Bavaria?, Germany, Late 14th century. This manuscript is a late fourteenth-century German manuscript containing a Chart of Consanguinity and the Schwabenspiegel Landrecht (Common Law of the Swabians).
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 13. Rouen, France, First quarter 16th century. This manuscript, written in the first quarter of the sixteenth century in Rouen, contains Pierre Mesenge's Journal de sainct voyage pour visiter le sainct sepulcre, a first-person account of a journey to Jerusalem in 1507. The author describes sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, as well as other cities. The text is primarily in French but includes many prayers in Latin. The manuscript is written on parchment with...
Topics: 16th century, French, France