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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]
Title:
[Miscellany of scientific treatises] [manuscript].
Origin:
[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.
Summary:
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).
Notes:
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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