Liber phisicorum sive auditus phisici [manuscript].
- Standardized Title:
- [France, before 1349]
94 leaves : parchment ; 320 x 225 (242 x 170) mm. bound to 325 x 235 mm.
- Aristotle -- Criticism and interpretation -- Early works to 1800.
Aristotle. Physics -- Early works to 1800.
Physics -- Early works to 1800.
Physical sciences -- Early works to 1800.
Illuminations (visual works)
Manuscripts, Latin -- 14th century.
- Commentary on Aristotle's Physics, divided into 8 books. Occasional marginal notes.
- Ms. codex.
Title from opening rubric (f. 1r).
Collation: Parchment, i + 94; 1-7¹² 8¹²(-2); 1-92, [93-94], early foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Catchwords, lower right last verso of gatherings 1-7, horizontal, framed in red ink.
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 71 lines; faintly ruled in lead.
Script: Written in Gothic script by 2 hands (f. 1r-84v, 85r-92v).
Decoration: Opening illuminated initial in gold, pink, blue, and yellow, with extensions forming a three-quarters border, somewhat damaged by flaking or rubbing (f. 1r); 6 3-line initials and 1 marginal initial, in pink, blue, and yellow, with extensions sometimes including blue dragons, marking the beginning of Books 2-8 (f. 13r, 24r, 33r, 50v, 57v with dragon, 69v, 75v with dragon); numerous initials in red with blue penwork or red with blue penwork; rubrication and paragraph marks in red. Occasional manicules (for example, f. 34v-35r, 72r)
Binding: Contemporary (14th-century) leather over boards, blind-tooled, with remnants of 2 pairs of clasps; worm damage. Marginal notes, especially in the lower margins, show signs of trimming.
Origin: Written in northern France, in the region historically known as Flanders, before 1349 (erased inscription recording purchase in 1349, inside upper cover).
- Local notes:
- Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
- Penn Provenance:
- Sold by Benost for 4 Parisian pounds, possibly to Mg. Nicholaus Pons, 7 October 1349 (erased inscription inside upper cover).
Owned in northern Italy later in the 14th-century (inscription concerning a financial transaction at Sant' Arcangelo di Romagna, near Forli, in 1355, inside lower cover).
Sold for 4 pounds to Johannes a Toscanella, possibly at Marola, in 1452 (erased inscription at end of text, f. 92v).
Formerly owned by Otto H. F. Vollbehr (Washington, D.C.).
Formerly owned by Robert B. Honeyman (San Juan Capistrano, California).
Sold at auction at Sotheby's in Part III of the Honeyman collection, 2 May 1979, lot 1093.
Formerly held in the Bergendal Collection, Ms. 10.
Sold by Sam Fogg Ltd. (London) to Lawrence J. Schoenberg, February 1998.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2013.
- Cited in:
- Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 18 (LJS 234).
Listed in De Ricci, Seymour. Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, vol. 1, p. 505 (no. 1).
- Cited as:
- LJS 234
- Vollbehr, Otto H. F. (Otto Heinrich Friederich), 1869-1946, former owner.
Honeyman, Robert B., former owner.
Bergendal Collection, former owner.
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