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Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts

The major part of this distinguished collection is comprised of religious and devotional texts, but there are also a number of secular and scientific titles. Many are superbly illuminated with exquisite miniatures illustrating the codices and single leaves. Some noteworthy volumes include a 10th-century Lectionary from the Benedictine Abbey of St. Allyre in Clermont, the earliest codex in New England; a Spanish Psalter consisting of 14 miniatures on vellum by Simon Bening, the most famous miniat...



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Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
by Giovanni d'Andrea, ca. 1270-1348
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An encomium in praise of St. Jerome and his works, by Giovanni d'Andrea, written around 1470 in the Netherlands, perhaps Utrecht, with decoration attributed to one of the Masters of the Zwolle Bible.
Topics: Jerome, Saint, d. 419 or 20, Manuscripts, Medieval, Illumination of books and manuscripts
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by Guillaume, de Tignonville, -1414, translator. Dits morauls des philosophes; Mubashshir ibn Fatik, Abu al-Wafaơ, active 11th century. Mukhtar al-hĐikam wa-mahĐasin al-kalim
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The four texts in this manuscript are all designed to teach the reader by means of example. The Dit des Philosophes, brief biographies of and sayings attributed to two dozen "philosophers," was originally compiled by Mubashshir ibn Fatik, an 11th-century Arabic philosopher. It was translated into Spanish in the 13th century, and then into Latin. The Latin translation made its way to France, where it was translated into French by Guillaume de Tignonville, Provost of Paris and...
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by Johannes, de Caulibus, active 14th century
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142 leaves : 277 x 208 (208 x 160) mm bound to 29 cm
Topics: Jesus Christ -- Early works to 1800, Manuscripts, Medieval -- Massachusetts -- Boston, Manuscripts,...
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
by Manilius, Marcus; Pithou, Pierre, 1539-1596, former owner; Agli, Pellegrino, 1440-1468?; Grimani, Domenico, 1460-1523, former owner
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An astronomical text by Manilius followed by Serenius' medical treatise, written in Ferrara by Pellegrino Agli in 1461 (see colophon, f. 110v).
Topics: Astronomy, Astrology
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
by Brassart, Johannes, scribe; Lyle, James P.R. former owner
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German version of the Passion combining citations from the Evangelists with theologians and patristic literature, with portraits identifying the source of each citation. The dedicatory letter on fol. 104-109v is from Johannes Braxatoris.
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Topics: Jesus Christ,, Jesus Christ
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Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
by Christine, de Pisan, ca. 1364-ca. 1431; Poitiers, Jean de, former owner
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Higher resolution images of this manuscript are available  on  Digital Commonwealth. Considered by scholars of Christine's work to be among the earliest and possibly the truest copy of the text, possibly created under the direction of the author herself.
Topics: Virtues, Women
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Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
by Guilelmus Peraldus, approximately 1190-1271
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144 leaves : 193 x 132 (137 x 88) mm
Topics: Education -- Early works to 1800, Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern) -- Massachusetts --...
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(MS f Med. 3) 56 leaves, paper and parchment ; 298 x 215 (230 x 145) mm.
Topics: Bible -- Commentaries -- Early works to 1800, Manuscripts, Medieval -- Massachusetts -- Boston,...
188 leaves : paper ; 268 x 197 (177 x 123) mm bound to 28 cm.
Topics: Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226, Peter Martyr, Saint, approximately 1205-1252, Clare, of...
72 leaves : 291 x 215 (198 x 140) mm bound to 30 cm
Topics: Mu˜ntzinger, Johann, -1417, Catholic Church -- Theology -- Early works to 1800, Catholic Church --...
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by Dati, Gregorio, 1362-1436; Dati, Leonardo, 1408-1472; de Fidelis, Gaspar, scribe
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A navigational treatise in the form of a poem, with numerous illustrations and maps, written in Pesaro on 7 August 1484.
Topics: Manuscripts, Italian, Cosmography, Geography
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(MS f Med. 4) 88 leaves, paper and parchment ; 302 x 212 (234 x 142) mm, in box to 34 cm.
Topics: Bible -- Commentaries -- Early works to 1800, Manuscripts, Medieval -- Massachusetts -- Boston,...
35 leaves : 278 x 196 (195 x 113) mm, bound to 29 cm
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by Fieret, Anthonin, illustrator
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A French verse Passion written in Northern France between 1465 and 1475. According to Nicole Crossley-Holland, the text functions as an Hours of the Passion for Franciscan use, with each miniature delineating a new Hour. This is the earliest known within a group of three similar manuscripts, and the only one with miniatures. The other two manuscripts are Paris, BN Fonds Francais 190 (from the library of Louis de Bruges, ca. 1480) and Chantilly, Musée Condé 141 (France, ca. 1480)....
Topic: Jesus Christ
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