Aristotle, De caelo

Book 1.1–1.2, trans. Gerard of Cremona


Victoria, B.C., University of Victoria Libraries, Fragm.Lat.5

Remarks by the Editor

Description information entered by Reed Eckert, a student in Adrienne Williams Boyarin's "In the Archives" course at University of Victoria (Canada), Spring 2021. The descriptive work was done by Martha Thompson, a student in a previous term of the same course ( Spring 2016). 

General Information

Title Aristotle, De caelo
Shelfmarks Fragm.Lat.5
Material Parchment
Place of Origin France?
Date of Origin 1200–1300
Script, Hands

Main text written by one hand in a small, gothic script (France?). Marginal text, likely a second hand, is tiny, cursive, and more highly abbreviated.

General Remarks

Single leaf of parchment, cut into two pieces. Main text is from first book of Aristotle's De caelo as translated by Gerard of Cremona (d. 1187).

Current Condition

Extent 1 leaf, cut into 2 pieces
Dimensions 180 x 160 mm
More about the Current Condition

Dimensions are for the full leaf (when the 2 pieces are together). Text is single column with wide margins to allow glossing. Ink has deteriorated and faded significantly in margins, but main text is mostly intact. Edges have been trimmed, and leaf shows discoloration from previous use as a pastedown in a later binding. Other physical damage includes creasing in the lower half of leaf, with small holes (approx. 1-2mm) at lowest crease (below the cut). Cut and creases likely appear where leaf was bent around a spine in previous binding use.

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


Alternating red and blue paraphs in main text on both recto and verso, though blue pigment has faded. Double-line guide marks in black ink visible beneath paraphs.


  • Content Item
    • Persons
    • Text Language Latin
    • Title De caelo
    • Content Description

      Main text is from Book I of the Latin translation of Aristotle's  De caelo  by Gerard of Cremona (d. 1187). It begins midway through the first chapter (1.1) and ends in the opening section of the second chapter (1.2). Latin text is available in the footnotes of Paul Hossfeld's edition of Albert the Great's De caelo et mundo, pp. 5-11; Albert used this Aristotle translation as a source.

    • recto
    • Glosses and Additions Marginal glosses in second hand
    • Edition Paul Hossfeld, ed., Alberti Magi Opera Omnia V.I (Aschendorff, 1971), pp. 5–11, footnotes.



Purchased for University of Victoria Libraries by Erik Kwakkel in July 2006 from the collection of Herman Mulder (Hombeek, Belgium).