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Astronomical and Medical Miscellany: Toledan Constellation Tables; De Dispositione Aeris; De Prognosticationibus Egritudinem; etc.
Worcester, England; Oxford (probably), England (Place Created)
late 14th century, shortly after 1386
Pen and black ink and tempera on parchment bound between pasteboard covered with black morocco
Ms. Ludwig XII 7 (83.MO.136)
Leaf: 21.3 × 15.2 cm (8 3/8 × 6 in.)
late 14th century
Possibly William Reade, English, about 1325 - 1385
or William Grisaunt, English, died 1350
Note: Both William Grisaunt and William Rede were fellows of Merton College in Oxford, where the studies of astronomy and astrology flourished. It is therefore very likely that the present collection was assembled and written during their stay at Oxford.
Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, London, July 30, 1919, lot 217, to Maggs Bros. Ltd.]
Maggs Bros. Ltd., sold to Sydney C. Cockerell, October 28, 1919
1919 - 1957
Sydney C. Cockerell, English, 1867 - 1962 [sold, Sotheby's, London, April 3, 1957, lot 11, to Mrs. Schilling.]
Rosy Schilling, German, 1888 - 1971, sold to H.P. Kraus, 1957.
Hans P. Kraus, Sr., American, born Austria, 1907 - 1988
Source: H.P. Kraus, Catalogue 85. Distinguished Books and Manuscripts (New York, 1957), no. 6.
Harrison David Horblit, American, 1912 - 1988
From this World to Others: One Thousand Years of the History of Astronomy (December 1, 2000 to May 13, 2001) (fols. 1v-2; fols. 50v-51)
- The Huntington Library (San Marino), December 1, 2000 to May 13, 2001
Touching the Past: The Hand in the Medieval Book (July 7 to September 27, 2015) (fols. 50v-51)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 7 to September 27, 2015
The Wondrous Cosmos in the Medieval World (April 30 to July 21, 2019) (fols. 50v-51)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 30 to July 21, 2019
Catalogue of Printed Books and Few Manuscripts: The Property of the Rev. B. Alfred Sharp, Sotheby's, Wilkinson & Hodge, 30 July, 1919.
Saxl, Fritz. Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters / von Fritz Saxl, Carl Winters Heidelberg,1927.
Kraus, Hans P. Catalogue 85, New York, 1957, lot 6.
Sotheby's & Co, London, Catalogue of Nineteen Highy Distinguished Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts of the 10th to the 16th Century, 3 April, 1957.
Sotheby & Co., London. Catalogue of Highly Important Old Master Paintings. July 3, 1963.
von Euw, Anton, and Joachim M. Plotzek. Die Handschriften der Sammlung Ludwig. 4 vols. (Cologne: Schnütgen-Museum, 1979-1985), vol. 3 (1982), pp. 176-82.
"Manuscript Acquisitions: The Ludwig Collection." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12, 1984, pp. 299-300.
Hamel, Christopher de. "Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the Library of Sir Sydney Cockerell (1867-1962)." The British Library Journal 13, no. 1 (1987), pp. 186-210, esp. p. 204.
King, David. A. A Forgotten Cistercian System of Numerical Notation, Citeaux, 46, 1995, pp. 183-208.
Burnett, Charles. King Ptolemy and Alchandreus the Philosopher: The earliest texts on the astrolabe and Arabic astrology at Fleury, Micy and Chartres." Annals of Science 55:4 (1998), pp. 329-368 (URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00033799800200241 [01/08/2009]).