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Abstract

This copy of Macrobius' Commentarii in somnium Scipionis was produced most likely in northeastern France in the late twelfth century. The manuscript includes seven major diagrams, of which four are original to the manuscript (fols. 38v, 41r, 43v, and 47v) and three others, including a map of the world, were added early in the history of the manuscript (fols. 64v, 65v, and 66r). Additional minor diagrams demonstrating relationships in philosophical ideas or other concepts introduced in the text appear throughout the manuscript in the margins, added by later hands.

Hand note

Textura, with rustic capitals and uncials used for the first words of principal text divisions

Decoration Note

Seven monochromatic diagrams in brown ink; letters initiating text divisions colored with small amounts of red ink; text in brown ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Dennis, Nathan S

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, S., and W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 840, cat. no. 477.


Munby, A. N. L. The Formation of the Phillipps Library from 1841 to 1872. Phillipps Studies, vol. 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1956, pp. 50-51.


Faye, C. U., and W. H. Bond. Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1962, p. 197, cat. no. 477.


Macrobius. Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis. Vol. 2. Edited by J. Willis. Leipzig: Teubner, 1963.


Destombes, Marcel. Mappemondes, A.D. 1200-1500: Catalogue. Monumenta cartographica vetustioris aevi, A.D. 1200-1500, vol. 1. Amsterdam: N. Israel, 1964, p. 44, pl. XIIIc (fol. 64v).


Cameron, Alan. "The Date and Identity of Macrobius." Journal of Roman Studies 56 (1966): 25-38.


Phillipps, Thomas. The Phillipps Manuscripts: Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum in biblioteca D. Thomae Phillipps.... Edited by A. N. L. Munby. London: Holland Press, 1968, p. 12.


Reymond, Georges, and Jean-Édouard Dugand. Monaco Antique: Essai sur l'histoire ancienne de Monaco.... Publications de la Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de Nice. Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1970, p. 61, pl. 9 (fol. 64v).


Kish, George. La carte: Image des civilisations. Paris: Seuil, 1980, pp. 209-210, pl. 28 (fol. 64v).


Randall, Lilian M. C. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Vol. 1. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989, pp. 22-23, cat. no. 9, fig. 18 (fol. 47v).


Macrobius. Commentary on the Dream of Scipio. Edited and translated by William Harris Stahl. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.


Eastwood, Bruce. "Manuscripts of Macrobius, Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis, before 1500." Manuscripta 38, no. 2 (1994): 138-155.


Caluzzo, Irene. "Appendice 2: Listes de Manuscrits." In Lectures médiévales de Macrobe: les glosae colonienses super Macrobium. Edited by Irene Caluzzo, 291-299. Paris: Libraire Philosophique VRIN, 2002; p. 291.


Eastwood, Bruce, and Gerd Grasshoff. Planetary Diagrams for Roman Astronomy in Medieval Europe, Ca. 800-1500. Transactions of the American Philosophical Held at Philadelphia for Promoting Knowledge, Volume 94, Part 3. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2004; pp. 61, 149.


Chekin, Leonid S. Northern Eurasia in Medieval Cartography: Inventory, Text, Translation, and Commentary. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2006; p. 103, cat. no. VII.2.29, 419 (fig. VII.2.29).


Florea, Luminita. "Virtus Scriptoris: Steps Towards a Typology of Illustration Borrowing in Music Treatises." In Yearbook of the Alamire Foundation. Edited by Bruno Buckaert and Eugeen Schreurs, 77-96. Leuven: Alamire Foundation, 2008; p. 90 (n. 50).


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Keywords
French
Drawing
Humanistic
France
12th century
Astrology
Cosmology
Geography
Literature -- Prose
Philosophy
Flemish
Flanders

Origin Place

Northeastern France (?)

Date

Last quarter of the 12th century CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Rebound in France in the nineteenth century in brown calfskin; seven groups of gilded bands on the spine, interspersed with gilded images of wheels and vessels; the title "CODEX PERGAMIN M.S." appears on the red label at the top of the spine; labels showing W.22, 1029, and 749 appear at the bottom

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Created in the last quarter of the twelfth century, probably in northeastern France

Owned by a Franciscan monk in the fourteenth century, as indicated by the inscription at the top of fol. 66r: "fratris Raymundi Iustardinis minorum fratrum"

Owned by Abbot Luigi Celotti

Sold by Abbot Luigi Celotti at Evans' London auction on March 14, 1825

Acquired by Sir Thomas Phillipps sometime between 1825 and 1903; the Phillipps book stamp appears on the front pastedown, along with the manuscript number 1029, which also appears at the bottom of fol. 1r and on the label at the base of the spine

Sold by Sir Thomas Phillipps at Sotheby's London auction on April 30, 1903

Henry Walters, Baltimore, between 1895 and 1931, by purchase from Quaritch

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

← search Macrobius' Commentarii in somnium Scipionis W.22

Origin Place

Northeastern France (?)

Date

Last quarter of the 12th century CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Created in the last quarter of the twelfth century, probably in northeastern France

Owned by a Franciscan monk in the fourteenth century, as indicated by the inscription at the top of fol. 66r: "fratris Raymundi Iustardinis minorum fratrum"

Owned by Abbot Luigi Celotti

Sold by Abbot Luigi Celotti at Evans' London auction on March 14, 1825

Acquired by Sir Thomas Phillipps sometime between 1825 and 1903; the Phillipps book stamp appears on the front pastedown, along with the manuscript number 1029, which also appears at the bottom of fol. 1r and on the label at the base of the spine

Sold by Sir Thomas Phillipps at Sotheby's London auction on April 30, 1903

Henry Walters, Baltimore, between 1895 and 1931, by purchase from Quaritch

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This copy of Macrobius' Commentarii in somnium Scipionis was produced most likely in northeastern France in the late twelfth century. The manuscript includes seven major diagrams, of which four are original to the manuscript (fols. 38v, 41r, 43v, and 47v) and three others, including a map of the world, were added early in the history of the manuscript (fols. 64v, 65v, and 66r). Additional minor diagrams demonstrating relationships in philosophical ideas or other concepts introduced in the text appear throughout the manuscript in the margins, added by later hands.

Hand note

Textura, with rustic capitals and uncials used for the first words of principal text divisions

Decoration Note

Seven monochromatic diagrams in brown ink; letters initiating text divisions colored with small amounts of red ink; text in brown ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Dennis, Nathan S

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, S., and W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 840, cat. no. 477.


Munby, A. N. L. The Formation of the Phillipps Library from 1841 to 1872. Phillipps Studies, vol. 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1956, pp. 50-51.


Faye, C. U., and W. H. Bond. Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1962, p. 197, cat. no. 477.


Macrobius. Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis. Vol. 2. Edited by J. Willis. Leipzig: Teubner, 1963.


Destombes, Marcel. Mappemondes, A.D. 1200-1500: Catalogue. Monumenta cartographica vetustioris aevi, A.D. 1200-1500, vol. 1. Amsterdam: N. Israel, 1964, p. 44, pl. XIIIc (fol. 64v).


Cameron, Alan. "The Date and Identity of Macrobius." Journal of Roman Studies 56 (1966): 25-38.


Phillipps, Thomas. The Phillipps Manuscripts: Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum in biblioteca D. Thomae Phillipps.... Edited by A. N. L. Munby. London: Holland Press, 1968, p. 12.


Reymond, Georges, and Jean-Édouard Dugand. Monaco Antique: Essai sur l'histoire ancienne de Monaco.... Publications de la Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de Nice. Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1970, p. 61, pl. 9 (fol. 64v).


Kish, George. La carte: Image des civilisations. Paris: Seuil, 1980, pp. 209-210, pl. 28 (fol. 64v).


Randall, Lilian M. C. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Vol. 1. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989, pp. 22-23, cat. no. 9, fig. 18 (fol. 47v).


Macrobius. Commentary on the Dream of Scipio. Edited and translated by William Harris Stahl. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.


Eastwood, Bruce. "Manuscripts of Macrobius, Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis, before 1500." Manuscripta 38, no. 2 (1994): 138-155.


Caluzzo, Irene. "Appendice 2: Listes de Manuscrits." In Lectures médiévales de Macrobe: les glosae colonienses super Macrobium. Edited by Irene Caluzzo, 291-299. Paris: Libraire Philosophique VRIN, 2002; p. 291.


Eastwood, Bruce, and Gerd Grasshoff. Planetary Diagrams for Roman Astronomy in Medieval Europe, Ca. 800-1500. Transactions of the American Philosophical Held at Philadelphia for Promoting Knowledge, Volume 94, Part 3. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2004; pp. 61, 149.


Chekin, Leonid S. Northern Eurasia in Medieval Cartography: Inventory, Text, Translation, and Commentary. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2006; p. 103, cat. no. VII.2.29, 419 (fig. VII.2.29).


Florea, Luminita. "Virtus Scriptoris: Steps Towards a Typology of Illustration Borrowing in Music Treatises." In Yearbook of the Alamire Foundation. Edited by Bruno Buckaert and Eugeen Schreurs, 77-96. Leuven: Alamire Foundation, 2008; p. 90 (n. 50).


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
French
Drawing
Humanistic
France
12th century
Astrology
Cosmology
Geography
Literature -- Prose
Philosophy
Flemish
Flanders
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