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Manuscript Monday: LJS 418 – Passio sancti Blasii

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS418, Passio sancti Blasii. This manuscript was written in Italy in the 13th century, in Latin, and it is an account of the martyrdom of Saint Blaise, bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, followed by readings and chants for a Mass of Saint Blaise. Additional texts, probably in different hands, at the end of the manuscript are mostly for baptisms, but also include one group of prayers for vestments and two rough sketches of Guidonian hands.

See the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand.

 


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New on OPenn

Here is a list of some recent additions to OPenn from August 19-20, 2016.

(Shelfmark, Title, Date uploaded, Link to OPenn).

 51 items

Univ. of Penn Books & Manuscripts

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Fol. 1r., Ms. Codex 1338, *Vida, causa, y sucesos prosperos y adversos del illustríssimo y sereníssimo señor don fray Barttolome de Carranza y Miranda, arzobispo de Toledo, de la esclarecida orden de predicadores,* August 19, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscodex1338.html

 

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Fol. 1r., Ms. Codex 1350, *Instruccion de Carlos Quinto a Phelipe Segundo su hijo, dada en el año de 1543 ; Adbertencias del Emperador Carlos Quinto de Alemania y Primero de España,* August 19, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscodex1350.html

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Manuscript Monday: LJS 184 – Liber ethimologiarum

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 184, Liber ethimologiarum, by Isidore of Seville.  This manuscript was written in France or Catalonia, between 1265 and 1299, in Latin, and it is an encyclopedia with emphasis on word origins, arranged by subject. The manuscript follows the standard division into 20 books, except that Book 3, on mathematics, music, and astronomy, is divided into Books 3 and 4, giving the manuscript a total of 21 books. Additional astronomical material, probably from Bede’s De temporum ratione, appears at the end of Book 21.

See the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand.

 


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New on OPenn

Here is a list of some recent additions to OPenn from August 12-18, 2016.

(Shelfmark, Title, Date uploaded, Link to OPenn).

 39 items

Univ. of Penn Books & Manuscripts

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Fol. 1r., Ms. Coll. 390, Item 3025, *Text on animal omens,* August 12, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscoll390_item3025.html

 

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Flyleaf 2 verso., Ms. Coll. 390, Item 3023, *Nāgajī nai Nāgavantī rī bata,* August 12, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscoll390_item3023.html

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Workshop: Reading the Material Book, November 17th 3-5pm, Free Library of Philadelphia

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Free Library of Philadelphia Lewis T660, Box 19

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to sponsor a workshop for faculty and graduate students led by Erik Kwakkel, Associate Professor in medieval manuscript studies at Leiden University, The Netherlands. The workshop will be held in the Rare Books Department, Forth Floor of the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Library (1901 Vine Street), Thursday, November 17th, 3pm-5pm. Spots are limited and pre-registration is required. Register here.

This workshop focuses on the medieval manuscript as a physical object. It shows how its material features can be made important to researchers that are not primarily interested in the manuscript itself. How may students and faculty in English, French, History and other disciplines benefit from the manuscript beyond the text it holds? What can we get out of the object by reading its physical format? To address these questions the workshop will present ‘real-world’ case studies and use examples from the collections of the Free Library.

The workshop is held in association with the 9th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, Reactions: Medieval/Modern. We hope you will stay after the workshop to attend the Opening Reception and Keynote Address by Michelle Brown, Professor emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London: “From King Athelstan to Game of Thrones: Responses to the Early Manuscript Culture of Britain and Ireland across the Ages.”

Bio

Dr. Erik Kwakkel is Associate Professor in medieval manuscript studies at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Among his publications are articles, book chapters and monographs on a variety of manuscript-related topics. In 2010-2015 he was principal investigator of the research project ‘Turning Over a New Leaf: Manuscript Innovation in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance’. He was the 2014 E.A. Lowe Lecturer in Palaeography at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and in 2015 he was elected as a member of the Comité international de paleographie latine.


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 216 – Tractatum de spera

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 216, Tractatum de spera., by Joannes deSacro Bosco . This manuscript was written in Paris, between 1256 and 1270, in Latin, and it is a collection of three scientific works, nearly contemporary with the life of the author: one work on cosmology and astronomy, one on arithmetic, and one on the division of time according to the movements of the sun and moon.

See the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand.

 


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New on OPenn

Here is a list of some recent additions to OPenn from August 11, 2016.

(Shelfmark, Title, Date uploaded, Link to OPenn).

55 items

Univ. of Penn Books & Manuscripts

 

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Fol. 1v-2r., Ms. Coll. 390, Item 1731, *Tattvabodhinī subanta,* August 11, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscoll390_item1731.html

 

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Fol. 1v-2r., Ms. Coll. 390, Item 1733, *Tattvabodhinī subanta,* August 11, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscoll390_item1733.html

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