RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 200
DateLate 13th century
Extent1 volume
TitleAlbertus Magnus: 'De homine' manuscript
DescriptionThe manuscript contains Albert's 'De homine'. Originally treated as the second part of the manuscript of 'De Rerum Origine' (one of Albert's best known works of theology, 'Summa de Creaturis'), this treatise is now viewed as a separate work.

Inscriptions and bookplates:
In frontispiece in 20th century hand: "Summa de Creaturis, part ii (De Homine), by Albertus Magnus, Bishop of Regensburg d.1280. Printed in 'Alberti Magni Opera Omnia', ed. S.C.A. Borgnet, Paris, 1890-1899, vol. xxxv. Probably written in France (a medieval press-monk "N[umero] XIII" is on the first page). Late XIII cent. Stamped binding (? Italian, 16th cent.)."

Also in frontispiece: book plate of Arthur Coombe; book plate of John Peachey Esq [19th century]; printed label for 'Westdean Library', with ink annotation 1813, also inscribed in ink '1808' beneath; pencil inscription '7/-'; book plate of L.J. Lloyd, post 1972; pencil inscription L J Lloyd, 20th century.

On final parchment page reverse: ink inscription 'John Peachey Westdean, 1775'.

On end paper: pencil inscription [same hand as L J Lloyd, 20th century]: '112 leaves, gatherings: 10, 12, 12, 12, 10, 12, 12, 12, 9'].

Size of folio: 345x230mm [size of bound item: 350x255mm]
Size of written block [both columns]: 235x155mm
Size of written block [one column]: 230x70mm

Nine gatherings

Incipit (f.1r): 'Consequenter transeundum est ad querendumÂ…'
Explicit (f.112v): 'Et hec de creaturis dicta sufficiant.'

Two columns per page. Parchment/membrane. Ruled with plomb.

Possible Italian binding [metal clasps/fixings have been removed].
Admin HistorySt Albert the Great (d 1280), German scientist, philosopher and theologian, joined the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) while he was a student in Padua, probably in 1229. After completing his studies and teaching in various Dominican houses in Germany, he was sent to the university of Paris, where he graduated as Master of Theology in 1245. In 1248 he was appointed to take charge of the new international study-house which the Order was opening in Cologne. St. Thomas Aquinas was among his students. He was provincial of the German Dominicans from 1254-1257 and bishop of Ratisbon from 1260-1262. By 1268 he had resumed his teaching, and was still teaching in 1277. He was reputed to be one of the wonders of the age because of his expertise in every branch of learning. He was beatified by Gregory XV in 1622, canonized and declared a doctor of the church by Pius XII in 1933, and proclaimed patron of natural scientists by Pius XII in 1941.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialThirty-six manuscript versions of 'De homine' are cited by W. Fauser, 'Codices manuscripti operum Alberti Magni', I 'Opera genuina', Muenster, 1982, pp.261-268, 478.

One manuscript is held by Magdalen College, University of Oxford (Magdalen College 174) and another at Merton College, University of Oxford (Merton College O.1.7).
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
Finding_AidsSingle item only.
Creator_NameAlbert the Great (d 1280); scientist, theologian and philosopher
Mgt_GroupTheological papers
DS/UK/244Albert the Great (d 1280); scientist, theologian and philosopherd 1280
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