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Peckham Manuscript

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS LAT 31
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Peckham Manuscript
Date(s): 15th century-16th century
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 6 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Peckham: educated at Oxford and Paris; a Franciscan; Archbishop of Canterbury, 1279; a prolific author of treatises on science and theology, including his work 'Perspectiva Communis' (on principles of optics, which was printed at Milan, 1482, and in many later editions) and of poetry; died, 1292. This manuscript was written in England.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume, 15th or 16th century, containing the 'Perspectiva Communis' of John Peckham, in three parts, beginning 'Inter philosophie consideracionis studia ... '. Bound (perhaps from the first) with two printed works, the Arithmetica of Jordanus Nemorarius, edited by Jacques le FÍvre (Johannes Higman and Wolfgang Hopyl, Paris, 1496), and the Geometria speculatiua of Bradwardine (Paris, 1495).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open. Shelved at SR A QUARTO 8b/1-3.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

N R Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, i (London and Oxford, 1969); list at University College London Special Collections.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Bearing the names Tho[mas] Digges and N Lancaster. The manuscript 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 3950, and bearing his bookplate.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

Other manuscripts of this text survive at the British Library, Manuscript Collections, and Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts (see the Dictionary of National Biography entry for Peckham for further details).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: Dictionary of National Biography. 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:
Sep 2001

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