Manuscript book belonging to Ludovicus Barrerius containing works in Latin on rhetoric, mathematics, astrology and horology, 1602

Scope and Content

This manuscript volume, written out in a single hand, perhaps by Ludovicus Barrerius, is dated 1602.

The volume is bound in leather. Embossed on the front cover is the word 'Lvdovicvs' and on the back, 'Barrerivs'. On the first inside page the same name is written out, followed by the words 'Contentorum In hoc Opere olim Dei Gratia Auditor [some time since, thanks be to God, a pupil or reader of the controversies in this work] 1602'.

It contains two works by Jesuit authors, as follows:

'Praeceptorum Rhetoricorum Libri Qunque' [On the Principles of Rhetoric, in five books], by the Reverend Father Jacobus Georgius of the Society of Jesus [the Jesuits], 1602 (210 pp);


'In Scientias Mathematicae Annotata quadans' [On the Science of Mathematics, somewhat annotated], by Doctor and Reverend Father Lamartius of the Society of Jesus, 1 November 1603 (258 pp). It covers subjects such as geometry, astronomy and horology [timekeeping]. This item is illustrated with a coloured coat of arms and horological diagrams, and was presumably added to the volume after the first work.

Administrative / Biographical History

No firm details have yet been traced about the owner of this volume, Ludovicus [Louis] Barrerius, nor of the two Jesuit authors of the works contained in the volume. The University of Glasgow owns a volume (Sp Coll Hunterian Bw.3.31) inscribed 'Ludouicus Barrerius Auenionensis filius doctoris [nine lines scored through] humanitatis alumnus 1601', suggesting that Barrerius came from Avignon, France.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

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Custodial History

The volume was probably acquired by the library of University College Nottingham (now the University of Nottingham) in the 1930s. The volume was a gift from Professor Frank Granger (1864-1936), Professor of Classics and Philosophy, University College, Nottingham.