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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 761 - [Cosmographies]
[Cosmographies] [manuscript].
[Italy, ca. 1500]
Physical description:
341 leaves : paper, ill. ; 203 x 144 (130 x 73) mm. bound to 214 x 146 mm.
Four ancient Greek cosmographies in Latin translation: Plato's Timaeus translated and with a commentary by Calcidius, Aristotle's De mundo translated by Ioannes Argyropoulos, Philo's De incorruptione mundi probably translated by Lilius Tifernas, and Cleomedes's De mundo translated by Carolus Valgulius.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
List of contents in contemporary hand (front flyleaf [i] recto).
Foliation: Paper, i (contemporary paper) + 340 + i (contemporary paper); [1-340]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 23 long lines; ruled in drypoint.
Script: Written in a humanistic script by more than one hand. Marginal and interlinear annotations in various hands.
Decoration: Rubricated headings, marginal notes, and paragraph marks; spaces left for initials, some filled in, many with guide letters visible; diagrams throughout.
Binding: Contemporary tooled calf.
Origin: Written in Italy, ca. 1500 (Zacour-Hirsch).
2nd work Pseudo-Aristotle (Zacour-Hirsch).
3rd work probably translated by Lilius Tifernas (Zacour-Hirsch, Supplement A, Corrigenda). Title from explicit (f. 274r).
4th work translated by Carolus Valgulius, translation dedicated to Cesare Borgia. Only known work of Cleomedes, later translated under various titles, now known as De mundo.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 761.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 761
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