Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

ARISTOTLE MSS.

The Aristotle mss., ca. 1603-1704, consist of commentaries on the works of Aristotle. At least half of the volumes concentrate on logic, but other subjects are covered as well, including physics and general philosophy.

A majority of the manuscripts that have identified authors were written by Jesuits: Maur Altomar, Pierre Baron, Jakob Bidermann, Christoph Brandis, Jean de Horion, Nicolas Mohr, Francois Noghera, Jean-Baptiste Weiss, and Joseph Zwinger. A few were written by Benedictines: Ludwig Babenstuber, Simon Fürbas, and Maurus Oberascher. The other authors are Nicolas Chaumorat, Henrich Drophuysen, Andreas Guetmair, Bernhard Ruedorffer, and Eustach Strenzi. Fourteen of the manuscripts do not have named authors.

The commentaries are in Latin, and on occasion include sketches or diagrams. The Baron volume contains a number of portraits, including St. Augustine and Aristotle himself. Each of the two Oberascher volumes contains a copy of the same printed commentary, although the manuscripts themselves are not identical. The manuscript Logica Actualis... (#165) contains not only sketches, but also a Philosophical Family Tree. Another volume, In UniversamAristotelis Logicam (#96) has two unidentified red seals on the verso of one of its final pages.

Most of the manuscripts are bound in vellum and several are intricately embossed. Each is in a brown cloth slip case with a number in black ink on the spine. The numbers are item numbers from the dealer's list of a larger collection that included printed items as well. The manuscripts were separated from that purchase for housing and cataloging in the manuscript collections. A brief description of each, in alphabetical order by author followed by an alphabetical list by title where the author is unknown, is available. Following each description is a box number, indicating the carton in which the manuscript is stored.

Purchase. Karl Goldman. Munich, Germany. 1953

34 items

Alphabetical list of items

  • 37. Altomar, Maur. In un[iver]sam Aristotelis logicam tractatus et quaestiones . 1638 Box 1
  • 296. Babenstuber, [Ludwig], O.S.B., 1660-1726. Tractatus in Physicam Thomistico-Aristotelicam Aristotelico-Thomisticam . 1695 Box 1
  • 53. Baron, Pierre, d.1707. In Universam Aristotelis Philosophiam . 1683 Box 1
  • 17. Bidermann, Jakob, 1577/8-1639. Commentarius in libros Aristotelis de coelo meteoris et generatione . 1617 Box 1
  • 65. Brandis, Christoph . Compendium totius commentary in universam Aristotelis logicam . 1609 Box 1
  • 97. Chaumorat, Nicol[as]. Axiomata ex Abditissimia Ph[ilosoph]ia Arist[totelis ]. 1610 Box 2
  • 106. Drophuysen, Henrico. Commentaria in Aristotelis logicam . 1645 Box 2
  • 121. Fürbas, Simon, O.S.B. Com[m]entarius in octo lib[ros] physic[orum] Aristotelis . 1629 Box 2
  • 92. [Fürbas, Simon, O.S.B.] Organum Aristo[telis] 1629
  • Lacks title page; title from spine, date from front cover Box 1
  • 126. Glaeren. Dialectica ad mentem Aristotelis. 1743 Box 2
  • 133. Guetmair, Andreas. [ Commentarius in Aristotelis logicam ]. 1613 Box 2
  • 20. Horion, Jean de, 1573-1641. Apparatus ad scientas: ITEM, in VIII Auscultationis [Physicorum Aristotelis] Libros Disputationes . [1607] Box 1
  • 187. Mohr, [Nicolas], 1623-1689. Compendium Breve Totius Cursus Philosophici . 1661 Box 3
  • 203. Noghera, Francois, 1572-1609. [Commentaria] in Octo Libros Physicoru[m] Arist[otelis] . not dated Box 3
  • 205. Oberascher, Maurus, O.S.B., d.1697. Commentarius in Universam Aristotelis L[o]g[icam ]. [ ca.1658]
  • Printed section at beginning of volume (Lilly PA3907.O12 c.2) identical to that at end of #204 Box 3
  • 204. Oberascher, Maurus, O.S.B., d.1697. Tractatus in u[nive]rsam Logicam Ar[istote]lis . 1658.
  • Printed section at end of volume (Lilly PA3907.O12 c.1) same as that at beginning of #205 Box 3
  • 241. Ruedorffer, Bern[hard R.], 1620-1679. Commentarii in duos libros Aristotelis . 1648 Box 4
  • 249. [Strenzi, Eustach. Philosophiae Pars Prima. 1708]
  • Lacks opening text; begins page II Box 4
  • 281. [Weiss, Jean-Baptiste], 1620-1692. Philosophia Aristotelica . 1654 Box 4
  • 289. Zwinger, [Joseph], 1705-1772. Disputationes in Organum Aristotelis . not dated Box 4
  • 93. __________. Commentaria in Octo Libros Physicorum Aristotelis . [1650] Box 1
  • 94. __________. [ Commentarius in Aristotelis Organum et Acroamata ]. [ ca. 1660] Box 1
  • 95. __________. Commentarius in Universam Aristotelis Logicam . 1604 Box 1
  • 105. __________. Disputa[tion]es in Sc[ient]iam Na[tur]alem Seu Physicam Aristotelis . not dated Box 2
  • 104. __________. Disputa[tion]es in Sci[enti]am Seu Ar[istote]lis Lo[gic]am . not dated Box 2
  • 149. __________. In Universam Aristotelis Logicam. not dated
  • Two seals on verso of p.593 Box 3
  • 96. __________. In Universam Logicam. 1637 Box 2
  • 147. __________. Institutiones Dialectica. [1690] Box 3
  • 148. __________. Institutiones Logicae. [1661] Box 3
  • 165. __________. Logica Actualis.... [1733] Box 3
  • Sketch: Tree of Philosophy, precedes first page of text
  • 221. __________. Philosophia Aristotelicae. 1720 Box 4
  • 233. __________. Quaestiones in Octo Libros Physicos Aristotelis . 1734 Box 4
  • 250. __________. Sum[m]ula Dialecticae. [ ca. 1720] Box 4
  • 234. __________. Tractatus in Libros Physicos. not dated Box 4

Collection size: 34 items

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