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

Diagram, 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.177v

Length: 18.4

Width: 13

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. This diagram, and others like it, occur in a treatise on the planets. Rather than being fitted into the available margins, like most of the other diagrams in the manuscript, it is clear that the scribe made an allowance and left spaces for them.

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