Manuscripts in the Collections

This list of manuscripts in the History of Science Collections, arranged chronologically by date of original composition, includes only manuscript books, not handwritten letters or archives. They are written on vellum, paper and rice-paper, in Arabic, English, French, Japanese, Latin, Persian, and Portuguese. To consult a manuscript, make an appointment in advance with the Librarian or Curator.

  1. Abul-Hasan Kūshyār ibn Labbān ibn Bashahri Gilani (971 – 1029), Lugmil al-‘usul fi ahkam an-nugum [Principles of astronomy and astrology]. Kushyar ibn Labban, also known as Kūshyār Gīlānī, was a Persian astronomer who is best known for his mathematical work, Principles of Hindu reckoning. This is an Arabic manuscript on paper of the 15th century, with text on both sides, written with black and red ink. 15 lines per page. Small quarto. With astronomical tables and 1 diagram. Vellum. This copy is relatively early and very well preserved: for comparison the copy in Berlin is dated 1569 and the copy in the British Museum comes from the year 1648. Uncataloged.
  2. Manuscript, Persian. On paper. Author unknown; medieval; shown right. Possibly by the poet Saadi, who lived in Shiraz, Iran (ca. 1200). View images online. Uncataloged.
  3. Erasmus Reinhold (1511-1553), Demonstratio halonis (ca. 1550). Latin. View entire ms online. View catalog record.
  4. Michael Servetus (1511-1553), De Trinitatis erroribus (original 1531; copy ca. 1700). Latin. View images online. View catalog record.
  5. Nobutoyo, Yahon Hiden. Book about the arrow; 1846 manuscript copy by Hajime Terai from 1556 original written by Nobutoyo, illustrations copied by Odani. (1556-1846a). Japanese. Rice-paper. View entire ms online. View catalog record.
  6. Nobutoyo, Koto no sho. Book about “leggings” (cowboy chaps); 1846 manuscript copy by Hajime Terai from 1556 original written by Nobutoyo, illustrations copied by Odani. (1556-1846b). Japanese. Rice-paper. View entire ms online. View catalog record.
  7. Bernardino Baldi (1533-1617), Novae gnomonices, libri quinque (1592). Latin. View catalog record. View entire ms online.
  8. Bernardino Baldi (1533-1617), Cronica de Matematici (ca. 1596). Latin. View images. Uncataloged. View entire ms online.
  9. In triplicem spheram, terrestrem, aeream, et coelestem breves adnotates. Latin. No date, no author. Probably late 17th-century. View catalog record. View entire ms online.
  10. [Aristotle, Aquinas, Zacchi] Commentaria in primum panon philosophiae naturalis Aristotelis, De phisico, auditu iuxta mentem Angelici divi Thomae Aquinatis domini Augusti Zacchi, patritii Veneti (1680). Latin. View catalog record. View entire ms online.
  11. Metaphysica (1753). No date, author unknown. Latin. View catalog record.
  12. Raphaël Bienvenu Sabatier (1732-1811). Anathomia de Sabatiher, copiada em Lisboa por Thomaz Antonio Bibl. Emcadernada em Braga C[o]. Joaquim Antonio (1818). Portuguese. Uncataloged.
  13. Ise, Heizo Sadatake (1717-1784), Kasakake zenki. “Secret book about the hunger of the target given continually from ancestor of Ise family.” 1846 manuscript copy by Hajime Terai from original written in 1758 by Sadatake; illustrations copied by Odani. Japanese. Rice-paper. View catalog record.
  14. Ise, Heizo Sadatake (1717-1784), Fuku (no) sho. “Secret book about the quiver given continually from ancestor of Ise family.” 1846 manuscript copy by Hajime Terai from original written in 1765 by Sadatake; illustrations copied by Odani. Japanese. Rice-paper. Uncataloged.
  15. Baroillet, Rapport du Comité des fortifications, sur une méthode d’écrire en chiffres et sur l’instrument approprié à cet objet [Paris, ca. 1790]. French. (More info.) View entire ms online. View catalog record.
  16. Physiologia (1820). Latin. Author unknown. View catalog record.
  17. [Louis Agassiz (1807-1873)], Notes of Nine Lectures on the Alps, Glaciers, & Glacier theory, delivered by Professor Agassiz at the Masonic Temple, Boston, 1847. Notes taken by “J.J.D.” English. View catalog record.
  18. [Arnold Guyot (1807 – 1884)], Geology Lectures by Prof. Guyot, (1860). Notes in an anonymous hand of lectures at Princeton. English. View catalog record.
  19. Jens Rud Nielsen, Memories of Niels Bohr. English. View catalog record. (More about Nielsen.)

In addition, the following manuscripts are part of the Bizzell Bible Collection, which is accessed through the History of Science Collections:

  1. Bible. English. Translation of Hebrew Old Testament. [605] pp. 21.5 cm. Black and red ink on paper. Shelf number: 15.1. View catalog record.
  2. Missale Salisburgense. Oaxaca, Mexico. Red and black ink on paper. 28.5 x 21.5 cm. [15th century.] Shelf number: 1.2. View catalog record.
  3. Book of hours. Black ink on vellum. 16 cm. Red, blue ornamentation, with occasional gold leaf. [15th century, northern France.] Shelf number: 5.36. View catalog record.
  4. Book of hours. Black ink on vellum. Many color illustrations, with gold-leaf. 16 cm. [15th century, northern France.] Shelf number: 5.37. View catalog record.
  5. Qu’ran. 18–. [522]+ pp. 30 cm. Acquired in the Philippines by David Elzie Wilson, a soldier from Knoxville, Tennessee, during the Philippine Insurrection (1898-1901). Originally on loose leaves, laid in contemporary boards. Shelf number: 1.1. View catalog record.

These lists are subject to ongoing revision.

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