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R. M. Thomson
Catalogue of Medieval Manuscripts of Latin Commentaries on Aristotle in British Libraries
II: Cambridge

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228 p., 9 colour ill., 152 x 229 mm, 2013
ISBN: 978-2-503-54782-4
Languages: English, Latin
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This second volume contains commentaries on the Latin Aristotle from the University Library, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the college libraries of the University of Cambridge.

This is the second of a projected series of three volumes describing manuscripts and fragments in British libraries containing commentaries on the Latin Aristotle. This volume covers the University Library, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the college libraries of the University of Cambridge. It lists 152 items (including a portfolio of fragments from several original books), dating from the tenth century until c. 1500. While a few of these manuscripts came to Cambridge after the Reformation, the majority were already in use in the medieval University. Not many have been adequately described before, while most of the anonymous commentaries have not been listed anywhere. Four indexes are provided to facilitate searching the main text.

Rodney M. Thomson is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Tasmania and Honorary Research Fellow in its School of History & Classics. He has published widely on books, libraries and learning in western Europe between the ninth and sixteenth centuries.


"The scope [...] makes it a utilitarian boon to those interested in Latin commentaries on Aristotle, especially manuscripts belonging to medieval Cambridge. Thomson has made a significant contribution not only to the study of philosophy, intellectual history, and Aristotelian commentaries, but also in the field of manuscript bibliography. [...] Thomson has masterfully illustrated the blend of analytical and interpretative skills needed to craft a usable and effective catalogue of medieval manuscript descriptions." (David T. Gura, in Manuscripta, 58 (2014), p. 308)

"Carefully prepared under the auspices of the British Academy's Medieval Texts Committee, this is a most useful and reliable book. [...] Readers will be happy to learn that "Aristotelian" is broadly construed, so that commentaries on the works of Porphyry and Boethius, for example, are also included. [...] Finally, the volume closes with some nice color reproductions and ample indices." (Rega Wood, in The Medieval Review, 15.09.27)

«Le  répertoire de  M. Thomson  est  un  instrument extrêmement  utile   pour   les  recherches   portant sur l'aristotélisme médiéval. Les descriptions  des manuscrits  sont systématiques, claires et précises: elles fournissent au lecteur tous les éléments essentiels, sans cependant le noyer dans des détails négligeables..» (Iacopo Costa, dans Cahiers de civilisation médiévale, 59, 2016, p. 205) 

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Library Catalogues : manuscripts
Catalogues of manuscripts for an author or a group of authors
Classical Philosophy
Early Medieval Philosophy (c. 650-1200)
Scholastic Philosophy (c. 1200-1500)

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