[Treatises on divination and geomancy once attributed to the translator Gerard of Cremona (1113/1114-1187), headed Ars completa geomantiae, in Latin] [manuscript] thumbnail 1
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[Treatises on divination and geomancy once attributed to the translator Gerard of Cremona (1113/1114-1187), headed Ars completa geomantiae, in Latin] [manuscript]

Illuminated Manuscript
c. 1466-1469 (made)
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Place Of Origin

89 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 34 x 24 cm.
Text begins: Incipit ars completa geomanciae. Quoniam quamplures praedecessorum nostrorum de quibus post deum tenemus ...
Layout: 38 long lines.
Script: Italian humanistic script.
Decoration: Title page text in gold, blue, red and green capitals; illuminated initials (1 historiated); astronomical tables and diagrams; illuminated coat of arms.
Binding: Light-brown calf binding, blind and gold tooled; sides decorated with a wide border and centre ornament incorporating a fleur-de-lys.
Possibly written in Rome.


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Brief Description
[Treatises on divination and geomancy]

Physical Description
89 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 34 x 24 cm.

Text begins: Incipit ars completa geomanciae. Quoniam quamplures praedecessorum nostrorum de quibus post deum tenemus ...

Layout: 38 long lines.

Script: Italian humanistic script.

Decoration: Title page text in gold, blue, red and green capitals; illuminated initials (1 historiated); astronomical tables and diagrams; illuminated coat of arms.

Binding: Light-brown calf binding, blind and gold tooled; sides decorated with a wide border and centre ornament incorporating a fleur-de-lys.

Possibly written in Rome.
Dimensions
  • Height: 34cm
  • Width: 24cm
Production typeUnique
Gallery Label
TREATISES ON DIVINATION HEADED 'THE COMPLETE ART OF GEOMANCY' About 1466-9 Possibly by Gerald of Cremona (1114-87) The text explains how to foretell the future and read the hidden meanings of natural and 'supernatural' signs. A 12th century inventory attributes this translation to Gerald of Cremona, who sought out Arabic texts in Toledo, a centre for scholarship in Islamic Spain. Rare texts of this kind were much prized by Renaissance scholars. Italy, possibly Padua Ink on parchment, with watercolour and gold Written out about 1466-9 by Bartolomeo Sanvito (about 1435 - about 1511) Museum no. MSL/1950/2464 (Phillips MS. 5839) (24/03/2018)
Object history
Collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (formerly known as Phillipps MS.5839).

Includes armorial bookplate of Frederick North, Earl of Guildford.
Other Number
KRP.D.17 - NAL Pressmark
Collection
Library Number
MSL/1950/2464

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