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Manuscript Monday: LJS 47, Boethius’ De institutione musica

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 47,  De institutione musica by Boethius. The manuscript was written in France around 1490 in Latin and it is a 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.

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

 


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Manuscript Monday: LJS 225, Litterarum simulationis liber.

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 225,  Litterarum simulationis liber, by Michael Zopello. This manuscript was written in Rome between 1455 and 1458, in Latin and Italian. It was a presentation copy for Pope Callistus III of a work on cryptography that describes two systems: in the first, Italian words beginning with one letter are all represented by Italian words beginning with another letter; in the second, signs or symbols represent letters or entire Italian words (titles, city names, and numbers).

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