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LJS 101 - Boethius, -524 - Periermenias Aristotelis ... [etc.]
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 101 - Boethius, -524 - Periermenias Aristotelis ... [etc.]
Boethius, -524.
Periermenias Aristotelis ... [etc.] [manuscript].
[France, ca. 850]
Physical description:
64 leaves : parchment ; 204-206 x 172-174 (136-148 x 100-128) mm. bound to 219 x 190 mm.
9th-century copy of Boethius's Latin translation of Aristotle's De interpretatione, referred to in the manuscript as Periermenias, with the shorter of two commentaries that Boethius wrote on that work. Replacement leaves added in the 11th century to the beginning (f. 1-4) and end (f. 45-64) of the manuscript, in addition to providing the beginning and end of the Boethius (which is probably lacking 2 gatherings between extant gatherings 6 and 7), include the Periermeniae attributed to Apuleius in the medieval period, a poem by Decimus Magnus Ausonius on the seven days of Creation, a sample letter of a monk to an abbot with interlinear and marginal glosses, and other miscellaneous verses, definitions, and excerpts.
Ms. codex.
Title for manuscript from caption title for predominant work (f. 1v).
Collation: Parchment, i (19th-century paper) + i (19th-century parchment) + 64 + i (19th-century parchment) + i (19th-century paper); 1⁴ 2⁴(+4) 3-8⁸ 9⁴; 1-64, 19th-century foliation in ink, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 20 (f. 5-36), 23 (f. 1-4, 45-64), and 27 (f. 37-44) long lines, with the first line above the top line; ruled in drypoint, with a narrow vertical column at each side of the text block into which initials extend in part or in whole; prickings visible on most leaves.
Script: Written in a 9th-century Carolingian minuscule, with replacement leaves in 11th-century Carolingian minuscule at beginning (f. 1-4) and end (f. 45-64), with headings in rustic Latin capitals.
Decoration: 5 9th-century diagrams, 3 in the ink of the text (f. 37v, 54v) and 2 with colored inks added in the 11th century (f. 36r, 36v); 11th-century full-page decorated initial with Celtic knotwork and lions' heads (f. 1v); 2 11th-century 3-line initials in red and blue (f. 2r, 60v); 11th-century red and blue ink added to 9th-century 3-line initial (f. 5r); 1- and 2-line initials, mostly in the ink of the text (but alternating with red, f. 30-34); 2 3-line and many 2-line 11th-century calligraphic initials in ink of the text with simple ornamentation (f. 44-64).
Binding: 19th-century English diced russia leather (lower flyleaf has J. Whatman 1832 watermark), bound for Sir Thomas Phillips.
Origin: Written in north central France, possibly at the abbey in Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, also known as the Abbaye de Fleury.
Cite as:
UPenn LJS 101
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 101
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