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.