Aristotle, De caelo, Fragment


Description by Martha Thompson (2016): Textual Remarks: Main text is from Book I of the Latin translation of Aristotle's De caelo by Gerard of Cremona (d. 1187). It begins midway through the first chapter (1.1) and ends in the opening section of the second chapter (1.2). Latin text is available in the footnotes of Paul Hossfeld’s edition of Albert the Great’s De caelo et mundo, pp. 5-11; Albert used this Aristotle translation as a source.

In Collection:
Contributor Subject Language Identifier
  • Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.5
Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 1 leaf ; 180 x 160 mm
Alternative title
  • Aristotle, De caelo (On the Heavens), trans. Gerard of Cremona
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 46, 2
Additional physical characteristics
  • Description by Martha Thompson (2016):Codicology:A single leaf of parchment, cut into two pieces. Edges have been trimmed, and leaf shows discoloration from previous use as a pastedown in a later binding. Other physical damage includes creasing in the lower half of leaf, with small holes (approx. 1-2mm) at lowest crease (below the cut). Cut and creases likely appear where leaf was bent around a spine in binding use.1 column, 26 lines with glosses in bottom, left, and right margins; no pricking visible.Leadpoint ruling visible for main text block and margins; text below top line.Paleography:Main text written by one hand in a small, gothic script (France?), single column with wide margins to allow glossing. Marginal text, likely a second hand, is tiny, cursive, and more highly abbreviated. Ink has deteriorated and faded significantly in margins, but main text is mostly intact.Decoration:Alternating red and blue paraphs in main text on both recto and verso, though blue pigment has faded. Double-line guide marks in black ink visible beneath paraphs.
Physical repository Collection
  • Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection
  • Purchased through Erik Kwakkel in July 2006 from the collection of Herman Mulder (Hombeek, Belgium).
Provider Genre Archival item identifier
  • Accession Number: 2006-023, Item: 5
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • February 27, 2020
Transcript Technical note
  • Scanned on Betterlight/TTI at 600 dpi TIFF (1/15; 263; bent5 tone; height 700) by PD. Metadata by KD.
  • This material is made available on this site for research and private study only.
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