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7 Aristotle
Opera logica
Latin manuscript on vellum, 257 leaves, Paris, ca. 1300 (X88 Ar512)
Comprising a full philosophical treatment of the problems of logic, this manuscript contains the six books of Aristotle's Organon and the Liber sex principiorum, as well as Porphyry's Isagogue and two treatises attributed to Boethius, Topica and Liber divisionum. Several of the texts have been extensively glossed, and eight of them are introduced by large, historiated initials on gold grounds showing scenes of philosophical debate, demonstration, or instruction, which are exceptional examples of the fourteenth century Parisian style of miniature painting. The spiky vine borders sprouting from the initials are inhabited by a variety of marginalia including acrobats, musicians, animals and humorous grotesques.
Gift of John M. Nash

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