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Detailed record for Royal 15 B IX

Author Boethius; Hermannus Contractus , Gerbert of Aurillac
Title De institutione musica; a miscellany of works on geometry, astronomy and mathematics
Origin France
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin; Hebrew (f. 78)
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large musical diagram with penwork decoration in green, blue, yellow and red (f. 10). Full page musical diagrams in red, blue and brown or red and brown (ff. 38-43v). Musical diagrams and tables in red and brown or red and blue (ff. 7v-19v, 22v-34v, 44v, 45). Astronomical tables and diagrams in red, blue and brown (ff. 52v-56, 59, 75-77. Geometrical diagrams in red and brown (ff. 59v-71). Initial in red and blue with penwork decoration (f. 3). Small initials in red, blue or green, some with penwork decoration in another colour. Marginal decorations and rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 160 (180 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 79 (ff. 1,2, and 78,79 are parchment flyleaves + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal Library binding of brown leather with the royal arms and a date of 1757; marbled endpapers.
Provenance John Dee (b. 1527, d. 1609), mathematician, astrologer, and antiquary: title in his hand (f. 2v).
Henry Fowler, rector of Minchinhampton (c. 1618): inscription perhaps in his hand (f. 37v).
John Theyer (bap. 1598, d. 1673), antiquary: memoranda in his hand (f. 78); included in the catalogue of his library left to his grandson Charles Theyer (b. 1651): see E. Bernard, Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae, 3 vols. (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), II, no. 6625.
Robert Scott (b. c. 1632, d. 1709/10), London bookseller: included in the catalogue of John Theyer’s manuscripts in his possession, made in 1678 by William Beveridge and William Jane, Royal Appendix, 70, no. 137.
Charles II (b. 1630, d.1685), king of England, Scotland, and Ireland: purchased from Scott together with other 311 manuscripts from Theyer's library.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Flyleaves at the beginning and end contain aphorisms and verses in a 13th-century hand.
Contents include:
Boethius: De institutione musica (ff. 3-50);
Hermannus Contractus: De mensura astrolabii, De utilitatibus astrolabii (ff. 51-60v);
Gerbertus: Extracts from Geometria (ff. 58v-61), letters to and from Adalbold (ff. 69v-70).
Select bibliography Gerbertus (Pope Sylvester II), Opera Mathematica, ed. by Nicolaus Bubnov (Berolini: Friedlander & Sohn, 1899), pp. xxxvi-viii, 111, 300, 313.

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, pp. 156-57.

'Michael Masi, 'Manuscripts Containing the De Musica of Boethius', Manuscripta, 15.2 (1971), 89-95 (p. 92).

Boethius: His Life, Thought and Influence, ed. by Margaret Gibson (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1981), pp. 192, 202, 204.

Kurt Vogel, 'L'Aritmetica e la Geometria de Gerberto' and Emmanuel Poulle, 'l'Astronomie de Gerbert' in Gerberto, scienza, storia e mito: Atti del Gerberti Symposium (Bobbio, 25-27 July 1983)(Bobbio, Italy: Archivum Bobiense, 1985), pp. 577-617, [on the text].

Calvin M. Bower, ‘Boethius’ De Institutione Musica: A Handlist of Manuscripts’, Scriptorium: Review Internationale des Études Relatives aux Manuscrits, 42 (1988), 205-51 (p. 221 no. 46).

John Dee's Library Catalogue, ed. by R. Julian Roberts and Andrew G. Watson (London: Bibliographical Society, 1990), p. 153, M74.

Codices Boethiani : A Conspectus of Manuscripts of the Works of Boethius ed. by M. T. Gibson and Lesley Smith, Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts, 25 (London: Warburg Institute, 1995- ), I: Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, no. 143, pp. 159-60 [with additional bibliography].

Charles Burnett, The Introduction of Arabic Learning into England, The Panizzi Lectures, 1996 (London: British Library, 1997), p. 17, figs. 7-10.

Paul Kunitzsch, Stars and Numbers: Astronomy and Mathematics in the Medieval Arab and Western Worlds (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), chapter XV, p. 197.

Marco Zuccato, 'Gerbert of Aurillac and a Tenth Century Jewish Channel for the Tranmission of Arabic Science to the West', Speculum, A Journal of Medieval Studies, 80.3 (2005), 742-63 [on the text].

Elly Dekker, Illustrating the Phaenomena: Celestial Cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Oxford: University Press, 2013), p. 196.


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