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Manuscript Monday: LJS 457 – Logica parva

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 457,  Logica parva, by Paolo Veneto. The manuscript was written in Perugia, in 1475, in Latin, and it is a work on scholastic logic used in universities in the late 15th century, followed by a brief logical work by Paolo della Pergola, a student of Paolo Veneto.

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Manuscript Monday: LJS 25 – Aristotle’s Metaphysics and Nicomachean ethics

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 25,  Aristotle’s Metaphysics and Nicomachean ethics, written in Italy ca. 1275-1299, in Latin.

It contains Aristotle’s Metaphysics and Nicomachean ethics, in the Latin translations by the Dominican William of Moerbeke from the Greek, followed by the first page of the Oeconomica, a work commonly attributed to Aristotle, in the Latin translation known as the translatio Durandi, attributed to Durand of Auvergne.

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Manuscript Monday: LJS 235 – Kitāb al-Adwār

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 235, Kitāb al-Adwār, by ʻAbd al-Muʼmin ibn Yūsuf Urmawī. This manuscript was written in the Ottoman empire during the 16th century, in Arabic, and it is a treatise on the theory of music, including division of frets, ratio of intervals, consonance and dissonance, cycles, rhythmic and melodic modes, and the 5-string oud or lute, with an anonymous commentary.

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Manuscript Monday: LJS 483 – Questions on Aristotle’s Physics

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 484, Questions on Aristotle’s Physics. This manuscript was written in Ingolstadt, circa 1480, in Latin, and it is a commentary on Aristotle’s Physics in the form of questions and answers following the content of the 8 books of the Physics.

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Manuscript Monday: LJS 414 – Astrological compendium

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 414, Astrological compendium. This manuscript was written in Iran, ca. 1670 (A.H. 1081), in Persian, and it is a collection of astronomical works, including 2 on the astrolabe, a treatise on a horoscope referring to Khawaja Haji Ghulām Ḥusayn and the date A.H. 1047, and an illustrated work on Dhu al-Qarnayn, a Koranic figure later associated with legends of Alexander the Great.

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Manuscript Monday: LJS 99 – Table of integer square roots

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 99, a table of integer square roots. This partially baked clay tablet was created in Iraq, between 1999 and 1800 B.C., in Sumerian. It is a table of numbers whose square roots are integers, in Babylonian sexagesimal notation.

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Manuscript Monday: LJS 235 – Kitāb al-Adwār

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 235, Kitāb al-Adwār, by ʻAbd al-Muʼmin ibn Yūsuf Urmawī. This manuscript was written in the Ottoman empire during the 16th century, in Arabic, and it is a treatise on the theory of music, including division of frets, ratio of intervals, consonance and dissonance, cycles, rhythmic and melodic modes, and the 5-string oud or lute, with an anonymous commentary.

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