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New attribution for a 14th-century manuscript

LJS 439, p. 17 (detail)

Thanks to “The Arabic original of (ps.) Māshā’allāh’s Liber de orbe:  its date and authorship” (British Journal for the History of Science 48.2 (June 2015), p. 321-352) by Taro Mimura, associate professor at Hiroshima University, Japan, new information is available about LJS 439, formerly cataloged as an unidentified 14th-century cosmological treatise.  Using the digital facsimile of LJS 439, Dr. Mimura was able to identify this manuscript as one of two known copies of the 10th-century Arabic original of the Book on the Configuration of the Orb.  The other copy is Berlin, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Ms. or. oct. 273.  The Arabic work was previously known only through Maimonides’s use of an example from it and through Latin translations.  Dr. Mimura attributes the text to Dunash ibn Tamim, a student of Fatimid court physician and philosopher Isaac Israeli, and he is preparing an edition of the Arabic Liber de orbe based on these two manuscripts.


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Thai Manuscripts Exhibition at Penn

thai_300Congratulations to Susanne Kerekes, our 2015-2016 Graduate Student Fellow, on her newly installed exhibition of some of Penn’s most beautiful, important, and rarely viewed Thai manuscripts, Siamese Sampler: 19th-century Manuscripts of Scripture, Poetry, and Decree!

As the website states: “this exhibition highlights a sampling of the rich variety of Thai manuscripts held in the Penn collection, including one of the most exquisite specimens of an illuminated Thai manuscript—the Abhidhamma Chet Kamphi (Ms. Coll. 990, Item 5). Other religious works in this exhibition include commentary on the Dhammapada, and a Thai translation of some of the Gospels of the Bible. The exhibition also includes three, rare manuscripts, all concertina and written on black khoi: a government treatise; an elementary Thai lesson book; and a volume from the epic poem, Phra ‘Aphai Mani, composed by Sunthorn Phu (1786-1855), a royal poet considered the Shakespeare of Thailand.

And don’t forget to register for the conference, to be held Tuesday, September 6, to learn more about these fascinating materials! http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/siamese_sampler.html

 

 


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New on OPenn

Here is a list of some recent additions to OPenn from July 29-August 3, 2016.

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

43 items

Univ. of Penn Books & Manuscripts

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Fol. 13r., Ms. Indic 2, * Śrīmahābhārathejagparīkathā,* July 29, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/msindic2.html

 

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Fol. Outside front cover] [=1r., Ms. Indic 6, * Kammavācā,* July 29, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/msindic6.html

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New on OPenn

Here is a list of some recent additions to OPenn from July 23-28, 2016.

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

34 items

Univ. of Penn Books & Manuscripts

 

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40., Ms. Codex 888, *Kurtzer Tractat vom Anfang debeta Kriegs Kunstes zu Fuebeta Zum Unter Richt der Jungen Soldaten,* July 23, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscodex888.html

 

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2., Ms. Codex 899, *Laboratory papers,* July 23, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscodex899.html

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Manuscript Monday: LJS 234 – Liber phisicorum sive auditus phisici

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 234,  Liber phisicorum sive auditus phisici, by Albertus Magnus. The manuscript was written in France before 1349, in Latin, and it is a Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics, divided into 8 books.

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 July 18-22, 2016.

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

33 items

Univ. of Penn Books & Manuscripts

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Fol. 1v., Ms. Codex 818, *Tratado de astronomia,* July 18, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscodex818.html

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Fol. 188r., Ms. Codex 819, *Aurea Bulla et miscellanea,* July 18, 2016, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscodex819.html

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CFP for Kalamazoo 2017: New Work on Manuscripts in Philadelphia: Looking towards the Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis Project

In 2015, a collaboration led by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) and including 15 institutions was awarded $500K from the Council on Library and Information Resources forthe Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis project, which will digitize and put into the public domain over 400 manuscript codices. This session will celebrate the launch of the project by presenting a variety of papers showcasing the range of collections that will be made available through the BiblioPhilly project.

Have you been working with manuscripts from Philadelphia area collections? Consider submitting a proposal to participate in our session, sponsored by the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. Please email a brief abstract to Dot Porter at dorp at upenn dot edu by September 15th for consideration.

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