From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book


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The Consolation of Philosophy, by the sixth-century philosopher Boethius, was a standard text in medieval schools. One reason for its popularity among educators was that it combined the two halves of the liberal arts curriculum: the literary trivium and the mathematical quadrivium. The text also demonstrated how philosophy could assist in the study of theology. This deluxe copy, written in the cursive Gothic, or "bâtard," script that was popular in 15th-century France, is heavily glossed, suggesting that someone used it as a study-text.

Purchased in 1885 for A.D. White.

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Boethius. The Consolation of Philosophy. France, second quarter of the 15th century.
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