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(ARISTOTLE.) Single vellum leaf from a manuscript of Liber sex principiorum, with text of chapters 39-54 written in heavily contracted Gothic script in black ink, 32 lines, recto and verso, with extensive interlinear and marginal annotations and scattered small doodles. 246x178 mm; soiling, surface wear, and scattered small holes affecting text, presumably used as the rear pastedown of a binding, with adhesive discoloration in the upper, outer, and lower margins on the verso. France, 13th century
Liber sex principiorum was a 12th-century commentary on the last 6 classes in the tenfold scheme elaborated in Aristotle's Categories, the first of his works on logic. Erroneously attributed either to Aristotle himself or to Gilbert de la Porée, Bishop of Poitiers (d. 1154), it was often appended to medieval Latin manuscripts of the Categories. The text on the present leaf deals with place and time. Sarton II, 197.
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