Treatise in 4 books on astronomy, geography, meteorology, and medicine, followed by a work on Gospels attributed to Hugh of Saint-Victor.
1. f.1r-19v: [De philosophia mundi / William of Conches] 2. f.19v-21r: Expositio Hugonis de Evangeliis / [Hugh of Saint-Victor]
Ms. codex. Title supplied by cataloger based on predominant work. Foliation: Parchment, 21 ; [1-21] ; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Layout: Written in 2 columns of 34-38 lines; ruled in drypoint; prickings visible at outer edges. Script: Written in German transitional script (or protogothic script) with archaic forms by 3 hands (f. 1r-19v column B line 25, 19v column B line 26-20r, 20v-21r; Erik Kwakkel, Leiden University). Decoration: 16 maps and diagrams (f. 8v-9r, 10v-11r, 13r-13v, 15r); 6 2- or 3-line initials in red (f. 1r, 2v, 6r, 11v, 14v). Binding: Modern parchment. Origin: Written in Germany, circa 1150 (Kwakkel).
Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
Sold by Hirsch to E. P. Goldschmidt, 1928 (Goldschmidt stock books, Grolier Club); appears in Goldschmidt cat. 18 (no. 47), cat. 21 (no. 10), cat. 23 (no. 97), cat. 25 (no. 84), 1929-1930. Sold by E. P. Goldschmidt to Charles Joseph Singer, 1932. Formerly owned by William A. Foyle (Beeleigh Abbey, Essex; leather bookplate inside upper cover). Sold at auction as part of Foyle's collection at Christie's, 11 July 2000, lot 7, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg. Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle in honor of David McKnight, Director, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Penn Libraries, 2013.
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 132 (LJS 384).