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LJS 251 - Schopper, Hartmann, 1542- - Ars artium : sive ars magna cabalistica
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Schopper, Hartmann, 1542-
Ars artium [manuscript] : sive ars magna cabalistica / aucthore Hartman Scoppero Novoforensi Norico.
[Germany, between 1655 and 1699]
Physical description:
139 leaves : paper, ill. ; 282 x 202 (245 x 156) mm. bound to 289 x 215 mm.
Latin, with some Hebrew characters.
17th-century copy of a 16th-century treatise (1564, p. 6; 1569, p. 121) on cabalistic gematria (the mystical interpretation of language), in which strings of letters, in this case Latin sentences, are assigned a numerical value. Begins with a dedication to Maurice Hassia, Landgraf of Katsenelnbogen, Dietz, Zitgen-Hain, and Nidda, and a preface in which Schopper cites Christian Renaissance scholar Pico della Mirandola as his primary source for the Hebrew tradition of cabala. The mathematical notation used in the manuscript suggests that the text was copied and updated between 1655 and 1699.
Formerly owned by Albert Woodcock (inscription inside upper cover: Albert Woodcock, Book bought in Sicily A.D. 1886; similar inscriptions, p. 3, 121).
Sold by Sam Fogg Ltd. (London) to Lawrence J. Schoenberg, Aug. 1998.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.
Related names:
Hassia, Maurice, dedicatee.
Woodcock, Albert, former owner.
Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni, 1463-1494.
Cabala - Early works to 1800.
Gematria - Early works to 1800.
Mathematics - Early works to 1800.
Algebra - Early works to 1800.
Form / Genre:
Tables (documents)
Manuscripts, Latin - 17th century.
Manuscripts, European.
Ms. codex.
Title from title page for second part (p. 121).
Collation: Paper, 139; 1¹⁰ 2¹² 3⁶ 4¹² 5¹⁰ 6⁸(+1) 7-10¹² 11¹²(+1) 12¹² 13¹⁰(-3?); gatherings signed A-D, F-I, K-M (gatherings 5 ([E]) and 13 not signed); 3-22, 25-84, 87-104, 107-122, 125-248, 273-274, 249-264, [i-ii], 265-269, [270], 275-276, [i-ii], 277-279, 279-285; contemporary pagination in ink, upper right recto. Catchword lower right verso on each leaf.
Layout: Written in 30-37 long lines; vertical bounding lines ruled in ink (many of which have oxidized, causing straight incisions in the paper).
Script: Written in italic script by a single hand.
Decoration: Diagrams and tables throughout.
Watermarks: Small mountain, bird, and initials PB enclosed in a circle surmounted by the letter F (f. 1-132); fleur-de-lis enclosed in a circle surmounted by a heart (f. 133-139).
Binding: Later vellum over pasteboards (signs of trimming show this not to be the original binding); spine and corners repaired.
Origin: Written in Germany in the second half of the 17th century.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 46-47 (LJS 251).
Other Titles:
Ars magna cabalistica.
Cite as:
LJS 251
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 251

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Collection: Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection
Collection: Other
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Latin
Century: 17th century
Date: 1655
Genre: Codices
Genre: Diagrams
Genre: Manuscripts, European
Genre: Manuscripts, Latin - 17th century
Genre: Tables (documents)
Subject: Algebra
Subject: Cabala
Subject: Gematria
Subject: Mathematics
Subject: Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni, 1463-1494
Author: Schopper, Hartmann, 1542-
Related names: Hassia, Maurice, dedicatee
Related names: Woodcock, Albert, former owner
Page material: Paper