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Ms. Codex 69 - [Miscellany of scientific treatises]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 69 - [Miscellany of scientific treatises]
[Miscellany of scientific treatises] [manuscript].
[Germany, between 1450 and 1475]
Physical description:
123 leaves : paper, col. ill. ; 207 x 140 (148 x 85) mm. bound to 215 x 145 mm.
Collection of scientific, alchemical, and medical works. Some are by famous individuals such as Geber, Albertus Magnus, and Johannes de Rupescissa, but most are unattributed. Partial table of contents in a later hand pasted inside upper cover. Many marginal notes, symbols, corrections and comments in various later cursive hands, including a reference to the date 1431 (f. 16r).
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger; title written in Latin on upper cover is too abraded to be read easily.
Collation: Paper, i + 123 + i; 1¹², 2-7¹⁰, 8¹⁰(+1), 9-12¹⁰; 1-75, [i], 76-122; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto. Gatherings signed a-i, k-m, lower right recto of leaves in first half of each gathering.
Layout: Written in 26-29 long lines; ruled in lead.
Script: Written in a Gothic cursive script in a single hand, with a second, slightly later hand beginning on f. 120v.
Decoration: Diagram of alchemical devices (f. 22v); sketches in ink of crowns (f. 9v, 23r); 4-line and 5-line puzzle initials in red and green (f. 2r, 47r), alternating green or red initials and paragraph marks throughout; red underlining throughout; various chemical and alchemical symbols used in the text and marginalia.
Watermark: Piccard XIII. iii. 1638 (ca. 1483); also, cf. Piccard IV. xii. 252 and 253 (ca. 1487 and 1488).
Binding: Contemporary boards with remains of bronze clasp; rebacked with 19th-century morocco; spine is worn, particularly at the hinges. Title (abraded) written on upper cover. The second and last quires and the front endleaf are pulling loose. A few leaves are torn.
Origin: Written in Germany, in the third quarter of the 15th century (Zacour-Hirsch).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 69
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 69
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