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Astronomical and Religious Treatises

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS LAT 17
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Astronomical and Religious Treatises
Date(s): 15th century
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 187 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:



Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume, 15th century, containing astronomical and religious treatises, preceded by calendar. Includes astrological treatises, prayers and Latin rhymes. At least some portions of the manuscript were written by a scribe, A D (perhaps Antonius de Meer), at Hertogenbosch in Brabant. Tables and diagrams throughout, some coloured, some with adjustable portions. Coloured ink drawing on folio 11v. Other inserts pasted in, possibly woodcut illustrations, have been removed. One entry on folio 183v is dated 1489.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly Latin, some Low German

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Dorothy K Coveney, A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of University College London (London, 1935) and N R Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, i (London and Oxford, 1969), which summarise the contents of the manuscript; handlist at University College London Special Collections.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The manuscript was sold unbound at the sale of Alstein's Library, Gand (Ghent), in 1863. It formed part of the library of John Thomas Graves (1806-1870), mathematician and Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London, whose collection included manuscripts dating from the 15th to the 19th century, relating mainly to mathematics. Formerly Graves 1291. Probably rebound by Graves.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Graves' library was bequeathed to University College London in 1870.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jul 2001

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