StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number MS LAT/31
TitlePeckham Manuscript
Date15th century-16th century
DescriptionManuscript volume, probably produced in France in the 15th or 16th century, containing the 'Perspectiva Communis' of John Peckham, in three parts, beginning 'Inter philosophie consideracionis studia ...'. Bound (perhaps from the first) with two printed works, the 'Arithmetica' of Jordanus Nemorarius, edited by Jacques le Fevre (Johannes Higman and Wolfgang Hopyl, Paris, 1496), and the 'Geometria speculatiua' of Bradwardine (Paris, 1495).
Extent6 leaves
AdminHistoryJohn Peckham: educated at Oxford and Paris; a Franciscan; Archbishop of Canterbury, 1279; a prolific author of treatises on science and theology, including his work 'Perspectiva Communis' (on principles of optics, which was printed at Milan, 1482, and in many later editions) and of poetry; died, 1292. This manuscript was written in England.
CustodialHistoryBearing the names Tho[mas] Digges and N Lancaster. The manuscript formed part of the library of 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 3950, and bearing his bookplate.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
FindingAidsN R Ker, 'Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries' (London and Oxford, 1969); list at University College London Special Collections.
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