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Ms. Codex 1181 Naturae constantia
- Jonstonus, Joannes, 1603-1675
Other related names
- Nostitz, Christoph Wentzel, Graf von, 1648-1712, former owner
- Popschitz, Wolfgang von, scribe
Call numberMs. Codex 1181
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4312481
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
LanguageLatin; some words in Greek (as on f. 12r, 49r); French lines of verse (f. 47v)
Manuscript copy of printed version published in Amsterdam in 1632; it was also translated into English in 1657 by J. Rowland under the title An history of the constancy of nature. Jonston argues against the idea of a decline in nature, drawing from many and varied sources. Marginalia include references to authors including Seneca, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Aristotle, Boethius, Suetonius, Cicero, Livy, Herodotus, Joannes Barclaius, Jean Bodin, and Erasmus, as well as various verses from the Bible, mostly from the Old Testament. Within the text itself, more famous names appear, such as Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Melanchthon, Euripides, Homer, Vergil, Epictetus, the Gracchi, Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, John the Evangelist, Cleopatra, Francis I of France, and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The work is introduced by two quotes, one from book of Pliny the Younger's letter to Caninius (6.21), the other from book 3.55 of Tacitus's Annals. Within the text are numerous quotes from Boethius, lines 585-591 of book six of Vergil's Aeneid, and a poem, Regiarum rationum apud Parisios patroni epigrammatum libro primo, by Stephanus Paschasius.
- Ms. codex.
- Title from title page (f. 1r).
Extent167 leaves : 192 x 157 mm. bound to 198 x 163 mm
CollationPaper, i + 166; modern pencil foliation, upper right recto, 1-116 (remaining leaves blank and unnumbered).
BindingContemporary half parchment.
- Formerly owned by Christoph Wentzel Graf von Nostitz (armorial bookplate, inside upper cover, and reference number 22 on spine).
- Sold by Ludwig Rosenthal (Hilversum, Holland), 1959.
- Science--Early works to 1800
- Literature and science--Germany
- Manuscripts, Latin--17th century
- Manuscripts, European
- Inside front cover — Bookplate, Inside front cover
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Decoration: Bookplate, Inside front cover