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De scientia physica

Sphaera mundi

17th–18th century
Author Aristotle, Author Joannes de Sacro Bosco (active 1230), Calligrapher Unidentified artist

Place of Origin: Germany?


Overall: 20.2 x 16 x 5.1 cm (7 15/16 x 6 5/16 x 2 in.)

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Manuscript in pen and variously colored inks with illuminated initials

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(Germany?: 17th-18th century) Quarto; 332 leaves; original blind-stamped brown leather (brown cloth box).

Manuscript of various scientific texts concerning physics and astronomy, written in various scripts with numerous illuminated initials

Germany?: 17th-18th century


Maxim Karolik, Boston (1893-1963), by whom bequeathed to MFA, September 23, 1964.

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Bequest of Maxim Karolik