Miscellany notebook, mainly containing summaries of Greek and Latin works by Aristotle, Cicero, Homer, and Hesiod, compiled by William Birch, with notes in English by Anthony Higgin

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      GB 206 Ripon Cathedral MS 19
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      1 vol. (205 ff.) Modern pencil foliation. The following folios are blank: 30, 170-7, 188, 192-6. Leather binding, stamped with initials WB. Two parchment manuscript fragments form part of the binding. On the one at the end are inscribed the names "James Smith" and "Ramaell Launcelot James Righerdonn".

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Contains miscellaneous notes, mainly summaries in Latin of works of Aristotle, Cicero, Homer, and Hesiod, as follows: (1) ff.1-27: Ex Ethicis lib.1, cap.1 (- to lib.3); (2) ff.28-9: Verba similia, nomina similia & contraria (Greek & Latin); (3) f.31: Homeri Ilias prima; (4) f.34: [Peri geneseos kai phthoras]; (5) ff.45-52: Phrases collecta e quaestionibus Tusculanorum, liber 5; (6) ff.52-85: Ex Polit. lib.1, cap.1 (- lib.3); (7) f.85v: Homeri Odissea prima; (8) ff.112-134: Notes on the "Topica"; (9) f.135v: De principiis rerum naturalium, lib.1, cap.1, and De naturali philosophia; (10) ff.140-141: Ex officiis Ciceronis, Liber 1 de caelo; (11) f.143: Rudimentorum cosmographicorum Joannis Hunteri, lib.1; (12) f.144: Ex Cicerone de divinatione, lib.1; (13) f.178: Ex libris de anima; (14) f.186: De natura deorum, lib.1; (15) f.189: De finibus, lib.1; (16) f.198v: Hesiodi poetae insignissimi sententiae; (17) f.202r: Orationis contra Sophistas translatio; (18) The following notes have been added by Anthony Higgin, namely: (i) f.190v: "Anno 1607 a festo Sti Michaelis Rec. of W. Higgin 51i. at yorck payd for my grograyn 40s. Ja:7o to send my brother Thomas, by Mr Cable 40s"; (ii) f.191r: "Conciones habitae anno 1606 & 1607 Kirk Dighton".

Administrative / Biographical History

William Birch, uncle of Anthony Higgin, Dean of Ripon (1608-24), was Warden of Manchester College in 1560

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From the library of Anthony Higgin, Dean of Ripon


Mainly in Latin, with some Greek and a little English

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Formerly shelved as XVIII.F.27