Penn Library's Ms. Codex 1640 - Manipulus florum peritorum. (Video Orientation)



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Video Orientation to the University of Pennsylvania Library's Ms. Codex 1640, a compendium of extracts, mostly from Biblical, patristic, and later Christian literature, categorized by subject with the subjects in alphabetical order, designed as a reference work for use in writing sermons. Most of the subjects are moral and ethical concepts such as abstinence, joy, medicine, obedience, patience, good, evil, man, and woman; or religious terms such as baptism, eternal glory, grace, incarnation, nativity, and priest. Authors frequently quoted include Augustine, Ambrose, Bede, Cassiodorus, Gregory the Great, Hugh of Saint-Victor, Isidore of Seville, and Jerome. Seneca is the classical author most frequently quoted; Cicero is quoted occasionally. Each quotation has an ordinal letter or combination of letters (a-y, aa-ay, etc.) in the left margin and an attribution in the right margin. The compendium is followed by an alphabetical list of subjects (Tabula verborum, f. 196v-198v) and 3 early flyleaves. The first flyleaf is a fragment of a leaf from a near-contemporary antiphonary (in 2 columns with space left for musical notation), which has a hole and rust marks in the center of its lower edge, suggesting that the manuscript was once in a chained library; the remaining flyleaves are a bifolium formed from a fragment from a 14th-century account book (with repeated reference to Stephanus de Barnby).

Written in England or northern France in the early 14th century (Liber Antiquus).

A full record is available through Franklin; unfortunately as described in the video because of its condition Ms. Codex 1640 has not been photographed, so there is no high-resolution digital copy:


Classical literature -- Early works to 1800, Christian literature Early -- Early works to 1800, Christian literature Early, Classical literature, Codices, Anthologies, Commonplace books, Illuminations (visual works), Manuscripts Latin, Manuscripts Medieval


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Penn Library's Ms. Codex 1640 - Manipulus florum peritorum. (Video Orientation)