Merton College MS. 308
Former shelfmark: H. 3. 2
WITELO; S. XIV med.
f. i blank; on the verso is ‘Perspectiua Vitellionis’, s. xvi.
Ed. F. Risner, in Opticae Thesaurus Alhazeni Arabis Libri Septem ... Item Vitellonis Thuringopoloni Libri X ..., Basel 1572 / New York, 1972; I-III ed. and transl. S. Unguru, Studia Coperniciana 15, 28 (Wroclaw, 1977, 1991), V ed. and transl. M. Smith, Studia Coperniciana (Wroclaw, 1983); TKI 1689, not this copy; Lindberg, no. 105. Followed by a short note on references in the work to the ‘speculum comburens’, then ‘Explicit expliciat ludere scriptor eat.’
Ruled with pencil in 43 long lines.
Rather rough anglicana hands; the propositions sometimes written in rotunda bookhand, sometimes in a larger size of anglicana.
None; unfilled spaces for coloured initials. Propositions underlined in red. Marginal diagrams in ink of text, rather roughly drawn, as far as f. 52v.
Medieval, restored by Maltby; slightly bevelled oak boards, recycled from another binding (which had five bands), with unusually projecting squares, now bared, the spine covered with modern red goatskin; resewn on four bands. The front board has shallow recesses for two straps with clasps to pins replaced by catches nailed to the rear board, all now lost. Formerly chained from the foredge of the front board, near the foot. f. 288 was formerly a pastedown in an earlier binding. Fols. 287–8 are extensively mutilated at the foot, with associated verdigris stains, perhaps from the large brass chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
Written in England.
It is not known when it entered the College, but Appendix B, no. 98 (1449) records a payment ‘pro ligatura unius libri de perspectiua Vitulonis ...’
At the head of f. 1 is a thoroughly erased inscription of 2–3 lines. On f. iv are a title, s. xvii, and ‘Q. 1. 10. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 3. 2 (CCCVIII)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘10’ is inked on the foredge.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .
Last Substantive Revision
2019-11-05: First online publication