Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 394 (V.2.14)
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Theodosii Tripolitani, Sphaericorvm Libri Tres.
Mnelai Alexandrini, Sphaericorvm Libri Tres.
Gvlielmi de Conchis, Philosophiae Compendivm.
Between pp. 16 and 17 is a scrap of paper inscribed "Praxis Bateana" (XVIII. Cent.).
Between pp. 84 and 85 is a scrap of coarse paper giving the pedigree of "Henry L. Darnley," the Consort of "Mary Stuart" (XVIII. Cent.).
On the verso of 11, 10. top margin, and partly cropped, in a XV.-XVI. Cent. Italian hand in faded red ink: vt Repellamus ocium vsque | ad finem: Arbitrium nobis natura Quicquid Imaginare aut facere potuerimus fecimus Que | sic temper In Quaslibet formas (a superis concessum est) Cęsaris Cesariam Mediolanensis pictoris dicta.
Between pp. 220 and 221 on a scrap of paper in Dr. Wm. Hunter's hand: Incertus Auctor de Philosophia.
On 17, 2 recto a nearly contemporary hand has added the initial five lines of SAPIENTIA ARTIS MEDICINAE (cf. T.4.13, V.3.2), beginning: Quattuor sunt uenti: Quattuor Angeli celi: Quattuor tempora etc and marginally titled: De perfectione quartani(?) | Numeri. A dozen Elegiacs follow beginning: Sit Ruffine Pater qui uis mihi: Dum tibi nullus | Galba mihi pater quis nisi nemo tibi marginally titled: Vita auctoris huius | libri, quem minus potui | inuenire and ending: [unkeyable character] Proles populi et scorti non degenerabas. | Cum duodennis adhuc in patre mater eras.
Guillaume de Conches (born 1080) was a Norman-French grammarian and philosopher. His Philosophia universalis de naturis was printed in 1474.
Theodosius (2nd or 3rd Cent. A.D.) was a Greek mathematician of Tripolis and Lydia in Asia Minor.
Menelaus (1st Cent. A.D.) was a Greek geometrician.
For William of Conches consult Antoine Charma, Guillaume de Conches, Paris and Caen, 1857 (British Museum, 10660. e.).
[Formerly R.3.8; R.3.25].
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 12 x 8½, ff. 158, written in a fluent Italian hand, not ruled or margined, in single cols. of 30-36 lines, each 8¼ x 4¼-8½ x 5 1/8, catchwords vertical, no signatures visible, probably cropped, pagination, early XVIII. Cent., pp. 1-209, from 83 rectos only, in pencil, thereafter modern, pencil, rectos only, marginalia, one or two in Arabic, in red ink, geometrical diagrams, some (pp. 174-208) in red ink, rubrics rare, paragraph marks, rubricated (in marginalia to No. 3), much cropped, the last quires, of the same paper as the preceding, are glazed (sized and burnished, Eastern fashion), spaces left for illuminated initials and rubrics, fol. sec. dia in puncto. Late Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered spattered calf, gilt-tooled edges and panelled back, red spattered edges, title (gilt) on crimson and dark green morocco shields: SPHAER. | THEODOS | & MENELAI | M.S. Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 314.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Archival History: Provenance: Sold as Lot 122 in 'A catalogue of the genuine and truly valuable library of ... Dr. Joseph Letherland ... which will be sold by auction, by Samuel Baker ... on Thursday, March the 14th 1765 ...' [London: 1765]. Purchased by William Hunter for £0.11.0 according to the annotated British Library copy of the Letherland sale catalogue (shelfmark S.C.S. 6 (2).
Bibliography: John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 314-315.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Menelaus of Alexandria fl.c.50
Geometrician.
author: Theodosius of Tripoli fl.c.200
Mathematician.
author: William of Conches b.1080
Guillaume de Conches.
provenance: Joseph Letherland 1699-1764
Physician.
subject: Henry Stewart Earl of Darnley 1545-1567
Consort of Mary, Queen of Scots.
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