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LJS 229 paper at Gersonides conference in Geneva

Charles Manekin, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, gave a paper this week about LJS 229, a Hebrew manuscript commentary on commentaries by Averroës  on Aristotle and Porphyry, at a conference at the University of Geneva.  The conference, “Everyone contested his views, no one denied his importance” — Gersonides through the Ages, focused on the transmission and reception of the works of medieval Jewish philosopher and astronomer Gersonides.  Professor Manekin started working with LJS 229 last spring, while holding the Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, and discovered that the unidentified author of these commentaries was a member of the school of Gersonides.  Available online are a description by Professor Manekin of the manuscript and its context; the catalog record for the manuscript; and a full digital facsimile.


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 477, pt 2

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.


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Dr. Will Noel, on the Physical Collation of Manuscripts

Dr. Will Noel, director of the Kislak Special Collections Center for Rare Books & Manuscripts and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Library, speaking at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting, September 21, 2013, on the physical collation of manuscripts. Visit the Rare Book School Global Digital Library Symposium at http://www.rarebookschool.org/globaldigitallibraries/ .


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 19

Larisa Grollemond, a graduate student in history of art at Penn, presents the University of Pennsylvania Library’s LJS 19 from the Schoenberg Collection, Carta executoria de hidalguia a pedimiento : de Johan Garcia y la Puente de Mora. Written in Spanish, the Carta executoria was issued under the name of Charles I of Spain in favor of Johan Garcia y la Puente of Mora, in response to his pleito de hidalguia (litigation to establish noble status), written in Granada and dated 16 June 1543.

It was presented at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books & Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Library. September 21, 2013.


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MESA, the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance.

Dot Porter speaking about MESA, the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA), and about Manuscript Mondays at Penn. Presented at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting. September 21, 2013, at the Kislak Special Collections Center of the University of Pennsylvania Library.

Dot Porter is the Curator for Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library and is a member of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, and a founding co-Director of MESA.


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 441

Nick Harris, a Ph. D. candidate in religious studies at Penn, presents the University of Pennsylvania Library’s LJS 441 from the Schoenberg Collection, Kitāb al-Miṣbāḥ wa-nuzʹhat al-arwāḥ fī ʻilm al-miftāḥ fī al-ḥikmah al-Ilāhīyah wa-al-ṣināʻah al-falsafīyah wa al-nātijah al-ʻalīyah…, written in Arabic, probably in Aleppo, Syria, ca. 1562. This 14th-century treatise on alchemy is based on the work of the 8th-century alchemist and chemist Jābir ibn Ḥayyān, copied in A.H. 970 (1562), followed by a pseudo-Platonic work on alchemy with commentary (tafsīr) attributed to Jābir ibn Ḥayyān.

It was presented at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting at the Kislak Center  for Special Collections, Rare Books & Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Library. September 21, 2013.


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 477

Jacqueline Burek, a graduate student in English at Penn, presents the University of Pennsylvania 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.

It was presented at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books & Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Library. September 21, 2013.

 I am a third year PhD student in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania. I work primarily on British historiography, but I find florilegia helpful for understanding how and why medieval writers used quotations from other authors, and what the organization of those quotations can tell us about the reception of both the source text and the florilegium. LJS 477 jumped out at me because it is a florilegium located geographically and temporally close to my research interests, and because it contains quotations from Isidore of Seville, a writer who has proven integral to my work. LJS 477 has been helping me explore how changes in the intellectual climate of the thirteenth century changed the form and function of British historiography, as well as the form and function of quotations and translations in this period more generally. – Jacqueline Burek