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Diagrams, In A Volume Of Treatises On Natural Science, Philosophy, And Mathematics

Diagrams, In A Volume Of Treatises On Natural Science, Philosophy, And Mathematics

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1300

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 E.xxv

Item number: f.153v

Length: 17.5

Width: 12.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript is typical of the sort of book owned by medieval university students: its contents are academic, it is small and easily portable, the text is written in small cursive script, and with minimal decoration. On a flyleaf is a partially erased inscription, recording that it was given by a university graduate to an Oxford school; a later medieval inscription records its ownership by Holy Trinity collegiate church at Tattershall, in Lincolnshire. These diagrams illustrate the text in a treatise on Mensuration (a branch of geometry that deals with the measurement of lengths, areas, and volumes) and elementary trigonometry, all involving squares whose sides are 12 units long.

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