De divinatione mortis, et vitae Petosyris ad Necepsum Regem Aegypti Epistola [manuscript].

Bede, the Venerable, Saint, 673-735.
[Italy, 16--]
13 leaves : paper, ill. ; 227 x 160 (162 x 110) mm.
Astrology -- Early works to 1800.
Astronomy -- Early works to 1800.
Numeration -- Early works to 1800.
Chemistry -- History.
Tables (documents)
Manuscripts, Latin -- 17th century.
Manuscripts, European.
Work attributed to Bede (f. 3r-6v), preceded by a biographical note about Bede (f. 3r-v). The title page (f. 4r) is drawn to resemble the title page of a printed book and contains a diagram. The text is followed by astronomical or astrological tables (f. 6r-v). Also contains two works of Antonius Posevinus: 1.) Ex apparatu Antonii Posevini, Soc. Jesu, tomo. i. de Beda (f. 7r-8r; extract); and 2.) In verbo Caesar Baronius tom. i. pag. 281 (f. 8r-11v; on numbers). Also contains an extract from a work by Athanasius Kircher, Ex. lib. 2, parte 4, pag. 386: De magnete (f. 13r).
Ms. gathering.
Title (of first work) from title page (f. 4r).
First work (Bede), incipit and explicit: (text, f. 5r) De his, que a me ad humanae vitae ... (f. 6v) In VII remanent XI.
Second work (Antonius Posevinus), incipit and explicit: (f. 7r) Inter eius autem lucubrationes ... (f. 8r) Y---- 159. Arnoldus.
Third work (Antonius Posevinus), incipit and explicit: (f. 8r) Diem in urbe ipsa geruntur ... (f. 11v) sic enim se habet. [Three ff. of numerical charts and a fold-out diagram follow.].
Fourth work (Athanasius Kircher), incipit and explicit: (f. 13r) Queritur utrum nulla alia ratio ... (f. 13r) sibi cavere lectorem, velim.
Collation: Paper, 13; [i], 1² 2⁸ 3²( -1, +1); 109-120; contemporary foliation, upper right recto (effaced), indicating that this was originally part of a larger codex. Catchwords in lower right corner.
Script: Written in a cursive script by a single hand.
Decoration: Fold-out diagram (f. 12).
Origin: Written in Italy in the 17th century (Zacour-Hirsch).
Fragile. Stitching is pulling out; many of the leaves have become separated. Edges of leaves are split and torn; paper is brittle. Stains. Some damage due to oxidation of the ink.
Forms part of: Edgar F. Smith Memorial Collection.
Penn Provenance:
Acquired, 1961.
Cited in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 242 (Ms. E. F. Smith 38).
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 121.
Posevinus, Antonius.
Kircher, Athanasius, 1602-1680.
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