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  • M6356 Half-leaf from a copy of Aristotle, Metaphysica, in Latin translation, from a decorated manuscript on parchment [probably France, thirteenth century]

 Top-half of a leaf bisected laterally, with double column of 19 lines in tiny and somewhat unskilled university script, capitals touched in red, paragraph marks in red, tiny hairline title and book number at head of each side, text on reverse with extensive glossing, reused as a pastedown in a later binding and hence with scuffs, stains and small holes (the obverse perfectly legible, but the reverse somewhat scuffed and damaged in places), later partial inscription from time when reused in binding (perhaps in German), overall fair and presentable, 146 by 93mm. 

The works of Aristotle (384-322 BC.) were described by Cicero as “a river of gold”, but were almost entirely lost to the West with the fall of the Roman Empire. They were rediscovered in their original Greek as well as Arabic translations following the Crusades in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and Latin translations such as this one swept through European universities. The text here is from the Metaphysica I, chs. 9-10.
  • M6356 Half-leaf from a copy of Aristotle, Metaphysica, in Latin translation, from a decorated manuscript on parchment [probably France, thirteenth century]

 Top-half of a leaf bisected laterally, with double column of 19 lines in tiny and somewhat unskilled university script, capitals touched in red, paragraph marks in red, tiny hairline title and book number at head of each side, text on reverse with extensive glossing, reused as a pastedown in a later binding and hence with scuffs, stains and small holes (the obverse perfectly legible, but the reverse somewhat scuffed and damaged in places), later partial inscription from time when reused in binding (perhaps in German), overall fair and presentable, 146 by 93mm. 

The works of Aristotle (384-322 BC.) were described by Cicero as “a river of gold”, but were almost entirely lost to the West with the fall of the Roman Empire. They were rediscovered in their original Greek as well as Arabic translations following the Crusades in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and Latin translations such as this one swept through European universities. The text here is from the Metaphysica I, chs. 9-10.

M6356 Half-leaf from a copy of Aristotle, Metaphysica, in Latin translation, from a decorated manuscript on parchment [probably France, thirteenth century]

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M6356 Half-leaf from a copy of Aristotle, Metaphysica, in Latin translation, from a decorated manuscript on parchment [probably France, thirteenth century]

 Top-half of a leaf bisected laterally, with double column of 19 lines in tiny and somewhat unskilled university script, capitals touched in red, paragraph marks in red, tiny hairline title and book number at head of each side, text on reverse with extensive glossing, reused as a pastedown in a later binding and hence with scuffs, stains and small holes (the obverse perfectly legible, but the reverse somewhat scuffed and damaged in places), later partial inscription from time when reused in binding (perhaps in German), overall fair and presentable, 146 by 93mm. 

The works of Aristotle (384-322 BC.) were described by Cicero as “a river of gold”, but were almost entirely lost to the West with the fall of the Roman Empire. They were rediscovered in their original Greek as well as Arabic translations following the Crusades in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and Latin translations such as this one swept through European universities. The text here is from the Metaphysica I, chs. 9-10.

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