Charles Manekin, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, gave a paper this week about LJS 229, a Hebrew manuscript commentary on commentaries by Averroës on Aristotle and Porphyry, at a conference at the University of Geneva. The conference, “Everyone contested his views, no one denied his importance” — Gersonides through the Ages, focused on the transmission and reception of the works of medieval Jewish philosopher and astronomer Gersonides. Professor Manekin started working with LJS 229 last spring, while holding the Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, and discovered that the unidentified author of these commentaries was a member of the school of Gersonides. Available online are a description by Professor Manekin of the manuscript and its context; the catalog record for the manuscript; and a full digital facsimile.
Dispatch from Will Noel:
Last semester I had the very great pleasure of teaching a Freshman Seminar, The World of Manuscripts, with Penn’s own Peter Stallybrass. It was a wide ranging course that took advantage not only of the special collections in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, but also the phenomenal manuscript holdings in other institutions in Philadelphia, including those of the Penn Museum (special thanks to Steve Tinney), The Library Company (where we were educated by Jim Green), and the Free Library of Philadelphia (where we were generously hosted by Janine Pollock). We studied cuneiform tablets, illuminated manuscripts, drafts of the Constitution, and the letters of Mary Shelley. We had fabulous students, Alexandra Pierson, James Bessolo, Linda Valadez, and Patricia Kamwela, who made a particular study of Penn’s Wycliffite New Testament, Ms. Codex 201, which they transcribed using the online transcription tool T-PEN, run out of St Louis by the magical Jim Ginther and his associates. As part of the course the students made a short movie of their work, produced in the Kislak Center, with the help of Dot Porter and Dennis Mullen. Here it is. Congratulations and thanks to all involved!
Jacqueline Burek, graduate student in English at the University of Pennsylvania, introduces Curator for Digital Research Services Dot Porter to the Library’s LJS 477 from the Schoenberg Collection, Florilegium, written in Latin with one inscription in Hebrew, probably in Oxford, England, ca. 1250. This collection of sermons was probably compiled from multiple sources belonging to a preacher, probably Dominican. There are many marginal notes, some indicating the liturgical season or the theme of a sermon, a few noting a cited source (including Ambrose, Gamaliel, and Isidore); excerpts from De animalibus, attributed to Aristotle; notes on natural history including information on birds and insects, arranged alphabetically, followed by information on metals (f. 4r-10v); and excerpts from Isidore’s Etymologies.
Jacqueline Burek also presented LJS 477 on September 21, 2013, at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books & Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Library. This posting can be seen here. She also authored the online article “Etymologies, Natural Histories, and Sermons in LJS 477″ in the online publication Unique at Penn.
Dr. Emily Steiner, Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and Amey Hutchens, Manuscripts Cataloger in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, discuss University of Pennsylvania’s LJS 266, a collection of genealogical and chronicle material. The codex includes Biblical genealogy from Adam to Jesus and the apostles; genealogy concerning the Trojan War and the founding of Rome; the legendary history of England and France as founded by descendants of participants in the Trojan War, including the genealogy of Brut and the succeeding line of kings in England up to Coyl; the emperors of Rome; the Holy Emperors starting with Charlemagne; and the kings of France up to Charles V (crowned 1364). The introduction (f. 1r) suggests that the manuscript was meant to trace the kings of England through Richard II (1377-1399) and the popes through one named Innocent and therefore that the manuscript is incomplete.
A digital facsimile of this manuscript is available at http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/d/medren/4952511.
(Below) Dr. Emily Steiner presenting LJS 266 at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting, September 21, 2013, at the Kislak Special Collections Center for Rare Books and Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Library.
Dr. Will Noel, director of the Kislak Special Collections Center for Rare Books & Manuscripts and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Library, speaking at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting, September 21, 2013, on the physical collation of manuscripts. Visit the Rare Book School Global Digital Library Symposium at http://www.rarebookschool.org/globaldigitallibraries/ .
Larisa Grollemond, a graduate student in history of art at Penn, presents the University of Pennsylvania Library’s LJS 19 from the Schoenberg Collection, Carta executoria de hidalguia a pedimiento : de Johan Garcia y la Puente de Mora. Written in Spanish, the Carta executoria was issued under the name of Charles I of Spain in favor of Johan Garcia y la Puente of Mora, in response to his pleito de hidalguia (litigation to establish noble status), written in Granada and dated 16 June 1543.
It was presented at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books & Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Library. September 21, 2013.
Dot Porter speaking about MESA, the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA), and about Manuscript Mondays at Penn. Presented at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting. September 21, 2013, at the Kislak Special Collections Center of the University of Pennsylvania Library.
Dot Porter is the Curator for Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library and is a member of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, and a founding co-Director of MESA.