From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book


horizontal rule
In addition to the trivium, four other liberal arts constituted the mathematical branch of advanced studies, known as the "quadrivium": arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. This manuscript, which features an astronomical diagram of the planets encircling the earth, is a computus, or text designed to facilitate calendrical calculations. The geocentric diagram is included to provide theoretical context for the practical exercises.

Purchased in 1888 for A.D. White.

horizontal rule
Computus. Germany, ca. 1438.
horizontal rule

view image

continue tour

the Sacred Word
Private Prayer
Leather and Chains
Medieval Music
How the Classics Survived
Manuscripts in the Age of Print
Evolution of the Book
Appetite for Destruction
Manuscript Facsimiles
Cornell's Medieval Books
Cornell University Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections Cornell University Library

Copyright 2002 Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853
Phone Number: (607) 255-3530. Fax Number: (607) 255-9524

For reference questions, send mail to:
If you have questions or comments about the site, send mail to: webmaster.