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Manuscript Monday: LJS 60 – Cosmographia

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 60, Cosmographia, by Mela, Pomponius. This manuscript was written in [Italy, between 1440 and 1450], in Latin, and it is a geographical work describing the populated areas of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia as known to the historian and geographer Strabo. Many leaves of the manuscript are palimpsests, the parchment having been formerly used for legal documents and washed for re-use. The earlier texts are occasionally faintly visible running perpendicular to the Mela text.

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

 


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 226 – Certain astrological and astronomical figures

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 226, certain astrological and astronomical figures: cut out of a manuscript book dated 1410. This manuscript, written in Latin, is a collection of astrological and astronomical diagrams gathered from 3 earlier manuscripts.

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

 


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“Moeurs et coutumes des gentils a` la Côte Coromandel”and other manuscripts, now on OPenn

Here is a list of some recent additions to OPenn from December 7, 2016 – January 3, 2017.

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

19 Items

Univ. of Penn Books & Manuscripts

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Fol. 1r., Ms. Codex 1010, *Moeurs et coutumes des gentils à la Côte Coromandel,* December 8, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscodex1010.html

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Manuscript Monday: LJS 198 – De simplicibus

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 198, De simplicibus, by Arnaldus, de Villanova. This manuscript was written in Spain, between 1350 and 1380, in Latin, and it is a disbound manuscript of compilation of simples (medicines made from one component) in 85 chapters with lists of plants for general medical functions and for treating specific parts of the body.

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

 


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 444 – Ḥall al-Mūjiz

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 444 – Ḥall al-Mūjiz, by Aqsarāʼī, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad. This manuscript was written in A.H. 884 (1480), in Arabic, and it a commentary on the epitome (Mūjiz) by Ibn al-Nafīs of Avicenna’s Canon on medicine (Qānūn fī al-ṭibb).

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