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LJS 268 - Ptolemy, 2nd cent - [Almagest]
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 268 - Ptolemy, 2nd cent - [Almagest]
Author:
Ptolemy, 2nd cent.
Title:
[Almagest] [manuscript].
Origin:
[Spain], A.H. 783 (1381)
Physical description:
175 leaves : paper ; 280 x 215 (220 x 145) mm. bound to 280 x 225 mm.
Summary:
An extensive treatise on Aristotelian astronomy, considering the motion of the stars and planets in a spherical, geocentric universe.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, 175; [1-37, 50-101, 124-145, 145-152, 101-124, 154-185]; modern foliation in pencil, correcting previous foliation in pencil, lower center recto.
Layout: Written in 36 long lines.
Script: Written in a maghrebi/andalusi script by Aḥmad ibn Aḥmad ibn Salāmah al-[?] Senhadja al-[?], an astronomer (colophon, f. 185r).
Decoration: Diagrams, tables, titles, headings, and selected words in red throughout.
Watermark: Similar to Piccard, Axe, no. 788 (Florence, 1379).
Binding: Morocco, blind-stamped with a medallion and blind- and gilt-tooled, with a flap.
Origin: Written in Spain in 1381 (f. 154r, 157v, 185r) for Qursunna al-Isrāʼīlī, astronomer to Pedro IV of Aragon (colophon, f. 185r).
Many edges and corners of leaves mended with paper.
Cite as:
UPenn LJS 268.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 268
 
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