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Gordan MS 92 Italy, s. XIVin

Summaries of treatises on logic by Aristotle and Porphyry (in Latin)

1. ff. 1r Dyalectica est ars arcium scientia scientiarum ad omnium methodorum pricipalem uiam habens. . .

Series of definitions beginning with dialectics and continuing with "sonus" and "vox."

2. ff. 1r-5v Sequitur de nomine. Nomen est vox significans ad placitum. . .Summary of Aristotle, De Interpretatione.

3. ff. 5v-8r Incipit secundum capitulum. Predicabile quandoque significamus proprie et sic solum dicitur principale quando de pluribus predicatur. . .

Summary of Porphyry, Isagoge.

4. ff. 8r-13r De predicamentis. Ad categoriam predicamentorum quod aliter necessaria predicamenta sunt. . .

Summary of Aristotle, Categoriae.

5. ff. 13r-15v Sequitur de siloismis [sic]. Ad siloismum autem exigitur modus et figura. . . Ecce premisse sunt vere et conclusio falsa//.

Summary of Aristotle, Analytica Priora. Text ends incompletly; four leaves are missing between ff. 15 and 16. These leaves probably contained the end of the writer's summary of theAnalytica Priora as well as the beginning of his summary of theTopica. It is possible that the missing leaves also contain a summary of the Analytica Posteriora.

6. ff. 16r-18v //eius effectus. Destructione sic a materia permanence. . . casus divisio coniuga solum. Expliciunt tractatus.

Summary of Aristotle, Topica begins incompletely.

Parchment (well worn), ff. 18, 140 x 97 (120 x 73) mm., modern foliation; written in two columns of 30 ruled lines with vertical bounding lines for each column.

I8, II8 (-8), III6 (-1-3). One horizontal catchword enclosed in a rectangle centered in lower margin.

Written by a single scribe in a highly abbreviated gothic cursive. Marginal notations in several contemporary hands including notes and syllogisms on the front and back pastedowns.

On f. 6v a pen and ink drawing of "arbor Porphiriana" depicts a red-robed man wearing a crown placed over a stylized "tree of being." The tree's heart-shaped leaves correspond to heart shaped cavities inside the figure of the man; from top to bottom the leaves on the left contain the words: "corporea," "animatum," "sensibile," "rationale," and "mortale;" the leaves on the right the opposite of these characteristics: "incorporea," "inanimatum," etc. The man, as the crown of creation, combines these opposites within himself. Under the tree are the words: Plato homo Socrates. There are also three diagrams of syllogisms in red and brown ink on ff. 2r, 4r, and 5v. 1- to 3-line red initials with crudely sketched ornamental extenders throughout. Chapter headings, paragraph markers and sentence strokes in red. Some guide letters for rubricator visible. Prickings in all three outer margins.

Binding: Original brown leather over boards; leather badly worn. On bottom of spine in ink: "5".

Written in the 14th century in Germany or possibly Italy. Early provenance unknown. Obtained from Maggs (typed description of MS placed inside book) on 3 March 1949 (date on rear paste-down in lead) by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: me dabo.

Bibliography: Faye & Bond, p. 402, no. 92.

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