Join us for an informal visit with curators and manuscripts from Penn’s collections
Every Monday at 12pm EST / 5pm GMT we host an informal lunch or coffee Zoom meeting (depending on your time zone) to visit virtually with Kislak Curator Dot Porter, onsite at the Kislak Center, and talk about one of the manuscripts from Penn’s collections. Each week Dot will bring out a manuscript (or two), give a brief overview and then answer questions and lead conversation. Registration is required but the visits are open to everybody.
October 18: School Miscellany
Rescheduled from September 20: On October 18 we’ll crack open LJS 385, a collection of classical Latin school texts in various hands. Register to attend: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/8247885.
October 25: Medieval ink
On October 25, Schoenberg Curator of Manuscripts Nick Herman and Margy E. Meyerson Head of Conservation Sarah Reidell will lead us through an introduction to medieval ink. Register to attend: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/8401743
november 1: Passio sancti Blasii
On November 1 we’ll be looking at LJS 418, an account of the martyrdom of Saint Blaise, bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, plus some additional texts. Register to attend: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/8401770
Manuscripts featured in past Coffee with a Codex events.
October 4: Ms. Codex 201 – New Testament in the translation of John Wycliffe. A New Testament in the translation of John Wycliffe, including marginal glosses in Latin and Old English. England, 14th-15th century. (On OPenn)
September 20: A Day Off (Cancelled for technical reasons)
September 13: Ms. Coll 591, folders 11-16 – Collection of Leaves and Fragments. Continuing our journey through this varied collection of individual leaves and fragments, including binding waste. Dates and locations vary. (On OPenn, then search page for “ms. coll. 591”)
August 9: Ms. Coll 591, folders 1-10 – Collection of Leaves and Fragments. A varied collection of individual leaves and fragments, including binding waste. Dates and locations vary. (On OPenn, then search page for “ms. coll. 591”)
June 28: Ms. Codex 1058 – Glossed psalter. The Book of Psalms with extensive, mostly unattributed, interlinear and marginal glosses, followed by canticles with glosses. It’s tiny! France, ca 1100. (On OPenn, Video orientation)
June 21: Ms. Codex 196 – English religious poems. Collection of three devotional works in metrical verse: the seven penitential psalms, The Prick of Conscience, and Saint Anselm’s Lament. England, ca. 1400. (On OPenn, Online edition of “Saint Anselm’s Lament”)
June 14: LJS 60 – Cosmographia. Geographical work describing the populated areas of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia as known to the historian and geographer Strabo. Italy, between 1440 and 1450. (On OPenn, Video orientation)
June 7: Oversize LJS 24 – Medical miscellany. A collection of standard 13th-century medical texts with inhabited initials showing medical scenes. Paris, mid-13th century. (On OPenn, Video orientation, Article)
May 31: LJS 225 – Litterarum simulationis liber. Presentation copy for Pope Callistus III of a work on cryptography. Rome, between 1455 and 1458. (On OPenn, Video orientation, Online presentation, Digital project)
May 17: revisiting LJS 449 and LJS 463 (See February 8 for links)
April 5: Ms. Codex 902 – Chansonnier. Collection of 310 poems by Guillaume de Machaut, Oton de Grandson, Brisebare de Douai, Eustache Deschamps, Philippe de Vitry, and others. France, ca. 1400. (On OPenn, Presentation by Dr. Elizavita Strakhov, Article by Dr. Elizavita Strakhov)
March 29: Ms. Codex 2030 – Book of Hours. Early 16th century French book of hours with incomplete miniatures. France, possibly Paris, early 16th century.
March 15: Ms. Codex 107 – Cartulary. 13th century copy of the Cartulary of the monastery of San Andrés de Fanlo in Aragon, thought lost after 1940, but now at Penn. Spain, after 1256. (On OPenn, Article on the manuscript include a list of contents, published in 1964 (in Spanish))
March 8: LJS 216 – Tractatum de spera … etc. 13th century collection of three scientific works by Johannes de Sacrobosco – on the spheres (the medieval conception of the world, based on the work of Ptolemy), on Arabic numerals, and a treatise criticizing the Julian calendar. France, ca. 1256-1276. (On OPenn, Video orientation)
March 1: Oversize LJS 47 – De institutione musica. 15th-century copy of a Latin treatise on the Pythagorean-based theory of ancient Greek music, in which the text reflects an older (10th-century) tradition and the numerous diagrams related to ratio and pitch demonstrate later developments in the tradition. France, ca. 1490. (On OPenn, Video orientation, Dissertation)
February 22: LJS 49 – Rawḍat al-adhhān fī maʻrifat tashrīḥ badan al-insān. / روضة الاذهان في معرفة تشريح بدن الانسان. Copy, probably in the hand of the author, of an anatomy treatise originally written in 1396, with chapters on bones, nerves, veins, arteries and muscles, and complex organs. Persia, A.H. 813 (1411). (On OPenn, Video orientation)
February 15: LJS 57, Astronomical anthology. Collection of astronomical texts, including a copy of a treatise on the calendar originally compiled for Pedro IV, King of Aragon. Catalonia, ca. 1361. (On OPenn, Video orientation, Informational article)
February 8: LJS 449 and LJS 463, Medical and astronomical miscellany and Medical and astrological miscellany. Two 15th century German medical, astrological, and astronomical miscellanies. (LJS 449 on OPenn, LJS 449 Video orientation, LJS 449 Sacred Texts: Codices Far, Far Away; LJS 463 on OPenn, LJS 463 Video introduction)