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Manuscript Monday: LJS 172 – Tabulae directionum et profectionum

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 172, Tabulae directionum et profectionum, by Joannes Regiomontanus. This manuscript was written in Austria or Hungary, circa 1476, in Latin, and it includes astronomical tables of declinations and ascensions and a table of sines, copied not long after their completion by Regiomontanus in 1467.

You can see the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand and you can download all of the images metadata from OPenn. You can also download a copy of this video from ScholarlyCommons, the University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository.

 


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 231 – Statutum habelle communum…

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 231, Statutum habelle communum. Written in Latin in Barga, Italy after 1346, this manuscript of 49 chapters includes regulations concerning the amount of tax (gabella or gabelle) and the conditions under which duty must be paid on internal and external trade in cloth of various kinds and from various sources.

You can see the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand and you can download all of the images metadata from OPenn. You can also download a copy of this video from ScholarlyCommons, the University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository.

 


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 97 – Eis ta harmonika Ptolemaiou hypomnēma

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 97, Eis ta harmonika Ptolemaiou hypomnēma, byPorphyry . This manuscript was written in Spain or Italy, between 1560 and 1580, in Greek, and it contains Porphyry’s commentary on about half of Ptolemy’s treatise Harmonics, focusing on harmonics and acoustics.

You can see the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand and you can download all of the images and metadata from OPenn. You can also download a copy of this video from ScholarlyCommons, the University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository.

 


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Manuscript Monday: 2018-2019 Sandars Lectures with Will Noel

The Sandars Readership in Bibliography is an annual lecture series given at Cambridge University. The Reader for this year’s lectures, the 2018-2019 series, was Dr. Will Noel, Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts Studies. The three lectures were held at the McCrum Lecture Theatre at Corpus Christi College in March 2019 and their topic was the medieval manuscript and its digital image.

The Medieval Manuscript and its Digital Image
Digital reproductions are indispensable to the study and publication of the medieval book in the twenty-first century. These lectures explored the relationship between manuscript pages and digital images, and between physical collections and digital ones. They examined the importance of interfaces in shaping audience and inquiry, and the potential of tools to aid in the archaeology of the medieval book.

The lectures argued that rather than attempting to recreate the medieval book in a virtual environment, institutions would better serve the field by presenting datasets that can be mined by users, taking advantage of the user’s skills, knowledge and imagination to embed institutional collections in twenty-first century cultural life. – Will Noel

Lecture One, March 11, 2019


Lecture Two, March 12, 2019

Lecture Three, March 13, 2019


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 232 – Trattato delle proportioni…

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 232, Trattato delle proportioni et proportionalità by Benedetto Varchi. This manuscript was written in Italian in Florence, Italy, after 1539. It is a treatise by Benedetto Varchi on proportion as the basis for rithmomachia, a mathematical game played on a chessboard with pieces that each have a shape and a number; a dialogue written by Carlo di Ruberto Strozzi, in which Cosimo Rucellai, who introduced the game to Benedetto Varchi, teaches the rules to Strozzi and Jacopo di Piero Vettori.

You can see the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand and you can download all of the images and metadata from OPenn. You can also download a copy of this video from ScholarlyCommons, the University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository.


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 242 – Basis grammatice

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 242, Basis grammatice, by Guillaume Tardif. This manuscript was written in Paris in 1470 and it is a summary of Latin grammar arranged in 8 sections for 8 parts of speech, followed by conjugation tables for the 4 conjugations and a commentary on the summary.

You can see the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand and you can download all of the images and metadata from OPenn. You can also download a copy of this video from ScholarlyCommons, the University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository.

 


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 236 – Thesaurus pauperum…

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 236, by Arnaldus de Villanova. This manuscript, written in Italy, ca. 1450-1499, in Latin, is a medical miscellany with almost the first half of the volume devoted to a copy of Arnaldus de Villanova’s Thesaurus pauperum, a compilation of remedies for a variety of diseases. The remainder includes another work by Arnaldus de Villanova, works by other authors, and unattributed collections of remedies.

You can see the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand and you can download all of the images and metadata from OPenn. You can also download a copy of this video from ScholarlyCommons, the University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository.