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“Sententiae ex variis authoribus decerptae” and other manuscripts, now on OPenn

Here is a list of some recent additions to OPenn from February 8-28, 2017.

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

 Items 68 manuscripts

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Fol. 5r., Ms. Codex 1220, *Sententiae ex variis authoribus decerptae,* February 8, 2017, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscodex1220.html

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Middle Eastern Manuscripts from The Digital Walters featured on OPenn

Did you know that OPenn is hosting The Digital Walters, a data set of digitized manuscripts and TEI manuscript descriptions from the Walters Art Museum manuscript collection? Items in the collection are from all over the world, and from ancient to modern times. It features deluxe Gospel books from Armenia, Ethiopia, Byzantium, and Ottonian Germany; French and Flemish books of hours; as well as masterpieces of Safavid, Mughal and Ottoman manuscript illumination.

Among the items on The Digital Walters are the following Middle Eastern manuscripts. They were written between the 12th and 19th centuries, originated in Iran, Syria, and Turkey, and cover a wide range of topics including religion, poetry, and science. If you’d like to see more Middle Eastern and Islamic manuscripts from The Digital Walters in addition to the eight manuscripts featured below,  please check out Walters Art Museum Collection page on OPenn.

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W. 567, Koran, Fol. 1b-2a. This manuscript is a small illuminated single-volume copy of the Qurʾan, likely produced in Iran. A date is inscribed on the final page, which is interpreted as 1230 AH / 1814-5 CE (fol. 186b). The manuscript opens with an illuminated double-page incipit with the verses of chapter 1 (Sūrat al-fātiḥah) and the initial verses of chapter 2 (Sūrat al-baqarah), decorated with interlinear illumination (fols. 1b-2a). http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0020/Data/WaltersManuscripts/W567/

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“Laghuvākyavṛttiprakāśikā” and other Indic manuscripts, now on OPenn

Here is a list of some recent additions to OPenn on January 24, 2017.

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

39 Items

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Fol. 1v-2r., Ms. Coll. 390, Item 1017 *Laghuvākyavṛttiprakāśikā,* January  24, 2017, http://openn.library.upenn.edu/Data/0002/html/mscoll390_item1017.html

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Middle Eastern Manuscripts on OPenn

With its emphasis on the history of science and the transmission of knowledge across time and geography, the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection brings together many of the great scientific and philosophical traditions of the ancient and medieval worlds. Documenting the extraordinary achievements of scholars, philosophers, and scientists active in pre-modern Europe, Africa, and Asia, the collection illuminates the foundations of our shared intellectual heritage.

The following Middle Eastern manuscripts from the Schoenberg collection have been uploaded recently to OPenn.  They were written between the 10th and 18th centuries, originated in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, and cover a wide range of topics including mathematics, medicine, astronomy, and philosophy.  One notable example from the list is  LJS 49 “Rawḍat al-adhhān fī maʻrifat tashrīḥ badan al-insān.” It is an early copy, probably in the hand of the author, of a Persian anatomy treatise originally written in 1396, with chapters on bones, nerves, veins, arteries and muscles, and complex organs. The colophon states that it was completed by the author himself in the month of Dhu’l-Hijja in the year A.H. 813 (1411). The anatomical illustrations are some of the oldest known representations of the body in the Islamic world. Below are two full-page anatomical diagrams of bones (f. 10r) and complex organs including uterus with fetus (f. 30r).

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LJS 49, Folio 10r, Written in Persia

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LJS 49, Folio 30r, Written in Persia

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