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LJS 47 - Boethius, -524 - [De institutione musica]
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Boethius, -524.
[De institutione musica] [manuscript].
[France, ca. 1490]
Physical description:
52 leaves : paper, col. ill. ; 281 x 204 (206 x 142) mm. bound to 291 x 211 mm.
15th-century copy of a Latin treatise on the Pythagorean-based theory of ancient Greek music, in which the text reflects an older (10th-century) tradition and the numerous diagrams related to ratio and pitch demonstrate later developments in the tradition.
Sold by J & J Lubrano to Lawrence J. Schoenberg, 1997.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.
Music theory - History - 500-1400.
Music, Greek and Roman - Early works to 1800.
Form / Genre:
Manuscripts, Latin - 15th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Paper, 52; 1¹²(missing first 2 leaves) 2-4¹⁰ 5⁸ 6⁴; [1-52]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 39-41 lines; ruled in lead, with little of the ruling now visible.
Script: Written in semi-humanistic script.
Decoration: Diagrams and tables throughout in various combinations of red, blue, and brown ink; 2-line initials and paragraph marks in red or blue; headings, roman numerals in text, and a few marginal notes in red; capitals touched with red.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet, Soleil, 13977 (Fleurus and Namur, 1487-1491) and 13979 (variants made in France and used in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the Rhineland, 1512-1540).
Binding: Early 18th-century (?) parchment over pasteboard with parchment-cord clasps and pastedowns and endleaves with the watermark S. Bartolomeo Delle Fabbriche; Boeci De Music Ms. written on spine in ink.
Origin: Written in France, ca. 1490.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 28-29 (LJS 47).
Cite as:
LJS 47
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 47

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Collection: Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection
Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Latin
Century: 15th century
Date: 1490
Genre: Codices
Genre: Diagrams
Genre: Manuscripts, Latin - 15th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Renaissance
Genre: Treatises
Subject: History
Subject: Music theory
Subject: Music, Greek and Roman
Author: Boethius, -524
Page material: Paper