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Manuscript Monday: LJS 60 – Cosmographia

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 60, Cosmographia, by Mela, Pomponius. This manuscript was written in [Italy, between 1440 and 1450], in Latin, and it is a geographical work describing the populated areas of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia as known to the historian and geographer Strabo. Many leaves of the manuscript are palimpsests, the parchment having been formerly used for legal documents and washed for re-use. The earlier texts are occasionally faintly visible running perpendicular to the Mela text.

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