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RefNo MS GERM 1
Title Collected Texts (Bavarian, 1471)
Date1 13th century, 1471, 16th century
StorageSite UCL Special Collections
Level Item
Extent 1 volume containing 188 leaves
AdminHistory Unknown.
CustodialHistory The manuscript apparently remained in a Cistercian monastery in Westphalia until 1853. It become the property of Guglielmo Libri and was sold at the Libri sale in 1861 (a cutting from the sale catalogue is pasted inside the front cover) to Mr Molini. He probably bought it for John Thomas Graves (1806-1870), mathematician and Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London, whose collection included manuscripts dating from the 15th to the 19th century, relating mainly to mathematics. Formerly Graves 4661. With the Graves ex libris. Other pressmarks: 33.a.26 (crossed through); 149.c.1.
Acquisition Graves' library was bequeathed to University College London in 1870.
FindingAids Dorothy K Coveney, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of University College London' (London, 1935), which details the contents of the manuscript and discusses the constituent texts; N R Ker, 'Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries' (London and Oxford, 1969); handlist at University College London Special Collections.
Description Manuscript volume, dated 1471: Sammelhandschrift, a collection of miscellaneous texts, comprising:


(1) Calendar for the year 1471 (German), followed by instructions for use and chapters on the zodiac, the seven planets, the four "complexions", blood-letting, etc, with plain and coloured ink illustrations (some incomplete) (ff 1v-92v)


(2) Aristotelis Brief Am Kunig Alexander (letter purported to have been written by Aristotle to King Alexander, offering advice on his health, in prose and in verse, in fact part of one of Aristotle's suppositious works, the 'Secreta Secretorum') (ff 93r-106v)


(3) Calendar for 1439, 1458, 1477 and 1496 (Latin), accompanied by astronomical chapters, with tables and instructions for use (ff 109v-130r)


(4) Elucidarus (a summary of Christian theology by Honorius Augustodunensis, in the form of a dialogue) (ff 131r-159r)


(5) Epistel Des Juden Samuel (epistle of the Jew Samuel) (ff 160r-186v). The content of the two calendars, (1) and (3), is nearly identical.


Folios 107r-109r, 130v, 159v and 187r-187v are blank. Signed by the scribe, Nicholas Pfaldorffer (f 106v).The guards in the centre of each quire consist of strips cut from a 13th-century manuscript. Folio 188r has a 16th-century house charm, consisting of words taken from the Antiphon of St Agatha.

Repository GB 0103
AccessStatus Open
AccessConditions The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
ReproductionConditions Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.
CatalogueStatus Catalogued
Language German
Latin
Term Publications
Surgery
Medical sciences
Literature
Medical Sciences
Visual materials
Therapy
Theology
Spiritualism
Solar system
Religious texts
Religious doctrines
Poetry
Planets
Periodicals
Mysticism
Medical treatment
Literary forms and genres
Illustrations
Calendars
Astronomical systems
Blood-letting
Astronomy

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