Astronomy and Astrology

On this page you can learn more about the various manuscripts in our western medieval manuscript collection that relate to astronomy and astrology. You may also be interested in the astronomy and astrology section of our western post-1500 manuscripts collection.

Oxford, St John’s College, MS 18, fol. 1r

MS 18

MS 18, which was produced in England c.1425–1450, contains a copy of Roland of Lisbon’s Reductorium physiognomie. Roland of Lisbon was a fifteenth-century physician and astrologer. MS 18 is notable for its painted frontispiece, shown here, which depicts the influences of the Zodiac.

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Oxford, St John’s College, MS 40, fol. 1r

MS 40

MS 40 contains a copy of Al-Battani’s De scientia astrorum, also known as De motu stellarum or Opus astronomicum. Al-Battani (d.929) was a Syrian astronomer and mathematician. This manuscript was produced in Italy at the end of the fifteenth century.

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Oxford, St John’s College, MS 164, fol. 4r

MS 164

MS 164 contains various texts including Nicole Oresme’s Traité sur l’espère, featuring elaborate diagrams and drawings. This manuscript was produced in France (possibly Paris) in the fourteenth century.

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