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LJS 174 - Tabule illustrissimi principis regis alfonsii ... [etc.]
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 174 - Tabule illustrissimi principis regis alfonsii ... [etc.]
Alphonsine Tables.
Tabule illustrissimi principis regis alfonsii ... [etc.] [manuscript].
[Prague], 1401-1404.
Physical description:
142 leaves : paper ; 295 x 225 mm. bound to 295 x 236 mm. + 2 notes.
A full set of Alphonsine Tables (including tables for mean motions, conjunctions of sun and moon, equation of time, spherical astronomy, longitudes and latitudes of cities, star tables, eclipse tables). The manuscript also includes works about the Alphonsine Tables, such as canons to the Alphonsine Tables by the 14th-century astronomers John of Saxony, Jean de Lignières (also known as Johannes de Lineriis) and Henricus Selder, and an unattributed explanation of corrections made to the tables for use in Prague, accompanied by a few paragraphs on weather prediction by the Baghdad-born Jewish astronomer and astrologer Māshāʼallāh, who died in the 9th century. 2 small pieces of paper containing contemporary fragments of similar text and tables laid in. 4 leaves cut out (2 after f. 12, 2 at end of manuscript); much of 1 leaf torn off (f. 84).
Ms. codex.
Title for manuscript taken from rubric for predominant work (f. 1r).
Foliation: Paper, i + 142 + i; 1¹² 2¹⁶(-2) 3-4¹² 5¹⁸ 6-8¹² 9¹⁰ 10¹⁶ 11¹² 12¹²(-2); 1-4, [5-8], 9-12, [13-142], contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto.
Layout: Text pages written in both 2 columns of 45-57 lines and 36-52 long lines; tables in various arrangements of columns and rows. Pricking visible on up to 3 sides on many leaves in the first half of the manuscript (f. 1-68).
Script: Written in Gothic cursive script by multiple hands.
Decoration: Tables in red and brown ink; red initials (1 topped with a drawing of a crown in red ink, f. 69r), rubrics, paragraph marks, and initials touched with red in text pages; occasional manicules (f. 26r, 110v, 124r).
Binding: Contemporary limp vellum; lower cover originally wrapped around upper cover with remnants of string ties; leather spine with leather button at head; spine label with title Astronomica manuscripta written in ink; former shelf marks on labels, 32, 251, 355.
Origin: Written in Prague from 1401 to 1404 (f. 23r, 76v).
Cite as:
LJS 174
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 174
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