Coffee with a Codex

Join us for an informal visit with curators and manuscripts from Penn’s collections

Every Thursday at 12pm EDT / 4pm GMT (through March 26) 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.

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Recordings of Coffee With A Codex since January 2022 are on our YouTube Playlist.

CWAC Archive for 2021 and 2022.

Paris Bible

On March 30, Curator Dot Porter will bring out Ms. Codex 724, a copy of the Vulgate Bible written in France in the late 13th century. It is full of illuminated initials and delightful drolleries. Register here:

Medicine & Astrology

On April 6, Curator Dot Porter will bring out LJS 449 and LJS 463, two 15th century German collections including medical, astronomical, and astrological texts. Register here:

Prayers & Sermons

On April 13, Curator Dot Porter will bring out Ms. Codex 716, a collection of prayers and sermons written in France in the 13th century. Register here:

March 23: Ms. Codex 243 – Italian Aristotle. An Italian compendium of Aristotle’s Nichomachean ethics, originally written in the late 13th century. Italy, ca. 1500. (OPenn, BiblioPhilly, CWAC Recording)

March 16: LJS 299 – Medical Encyclopedia. Hebrew translation of Avicenna’s medical encyclopedia. Yemen, 15th century. (OPenn, BiblioPhilly, CWAC Recording)

March 9: Ms. Codex 1058 – Glossed Psalter. Book of Psalms with extensive, mostly unattributed, interlinear and marginal glosses, followed by canticles with glosses. France, ca. 1100. (OPenn, BiblioPhilly, CWAC Recording)

March 2: LJS 234 – Commentary on Aristotle. Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics, divided into 8 books with occasional marginal notes. France, before 1349. (Openn BiblioPhilly, CWAC Recording)

February 23: Ms. Codex 708 – Medieval Augustine. Collection of works by Augustine and some erroneously attributed to Augustine. France, 12th century. (OPenn, BiblioPhilly, CWAC Recording)

February 16: LJS 443 – Armenian Calendars. Collection of commentaries, treatises, tables and diagrams concerning the calendar, by authors from the 7th to the 15th centuries, written in Armenian. Armenia, 15th Century. (OPenn, BiblioPhilly, CWAC Recording)

February 9: Ms. Codex 1063 – Book of Hours, use of Sarum. Book of hours produced in England, probably London, perhaps for a member of a religious confraternity or community. London?, England, 1450-1460 (OPenn, BiblioPhilly, CWAC Recording)

February 2: LJS 459, LJS 456, Ms. Codex 917, Ms. Codex 864 – Secretum secretorum. Four copies of Secretum secretorum, a popular treatise presented as a letter from Aristotle to Alexander the Great, in Arabic and Latin (CWAC Recording)

January 26: LJS 21 – Carta Executoria. Carta executoria issued under the name of Philip III of Spain in favor of Juan de Mena Gutierrez of the town of Los Santos in the Spanish province of León, in response to his pleito de hidalguia (litigation to establish noble status). Granada, 14 April 1606. (OPenn, CWAC Recording)

January 24: An Hour of Hours with McGill University. We teamed up to present books of hours from both of our collections. (Recording)

January 19: LJS 24 – Medical Miscellany. Collection of 10th- through early 13th-century texts that formed the standard 13th-century medical curriculum. Paris, between 1225 and 1275. (OPenn, BiblioPhilly, Article, CWAC Recording)