Title from p. : L. Coeli Lactantii Firmiani de ira Dei
Title from p. : L. Coeli Lactantii Firmiani de opifitio Dei sev hominis formatione
De opificie Dei sive de hominis formatione
Title from p. : Aureli Augustin de spu et anima
De spiritu et anima
Illuminated manuscript on vellum. 13 quires in 10's, catchwords. Italian humanistic script. First letters of paragraphs are set out. Written in black ink; rubrics, titles, marginal glosses in red.
Illumination: 5 small and 3 large floral, knotwork, and arabesque initials painted in blue, red, green, brown, and gold. Two painted floral borders heightened in gold; the first with portraits in lower corners and coat of arms of a bishop in lower center, the second with the same arms in lower center. Florentine illumination of the period 1450-1470.
Mottoes from classical authors written in a 16th century hand in blank leaves at beginning and end.
Includes De spiritu et anima, attributed to Aurelius Augustinus. Microfiche have been made separately.
Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in September 2009.
Water stained; disbound. Some text is illegible.
An early reference in literature to glass is mentioned in De opificio Dei, chapter VIII (p. [131-132]). The passage has been translated as "... it is the mind which, through the eyes, sees those things which are placed opposite to it, as though through windows covered with pellucid crystal [vitro in text] or transparent stone". Prior to the use of glass, Greek and Roman windows had been made from transparent stone (mica, talc, etc.).