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Medieval Notae

Medieval Notae

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© June 2007; revised 12 November 2009Gallery Exhibit, Catalog Nos.
E D I T O R ’ S N O T E
This is not a stand-alone gallery exhibit, but a companion piece toshe-philosopher.com’s digital edition of Michael Evans’ essay of 1980, “The Geometry of the Mind” (Lib. Cat. No. MWE1980).All 28 images featured here were compiled by Evans andreproduced in his essay for vol. 12, no. 4 of the
 Architectural  Association Quarterly
. The accompanying gloss for each facsimileis taken verbatim from Evans’ “References to the figures,”collated at the end of his printed essay on pp. 53–55.For more in-depth discussion of the images, seethe full-textHTML transcription of Evans’ articlein the she-philosopher.comLIBRARY. All pointers to section and note numbers mentioned by Evans refer to the body of his article; you can search for andeasily locate them inshe-
 
<Title page for vol. 12, no. 4 of the journal,
 Architectural  Association Quarterly
(published in 1980).
 Pons asinorum
(
The Asses’ Bridge
).
 AAQuarterly
Editor: Dennis Sharp. Journal design by:Anthony Favell, plus Ivor Kamlish and Associates (both of London).Printed by Lonsdale Universal Printing, Ltd. (of Bath), in“small crown quarto format.” Of note, this was the last issue of the small-format journal. Beginning with the first issue of 1981,
 AAQ
switched to “a larger, squarer format” and was“completely redesigned,” in order “to keep abreast with thechanges that have occurred in architectural publishing over the past few years, to expand the readership of the journal(particularly through international bookshops) and to takeadvantage of more economic printing methods.”.View an enlarged1380 x 1932 pixelJPG image(348KB)
The 28 Illustrations from Michael Evans’
“The Geometry of the Mind”
 
 
<Figure 1. Schema of the spheres.
 
)
AS GLOSSED BY MICHAEL EVANS
(on page 53):
An astronomical diagram from a copy of one of the mostambitious handbooks of the early twelfth century. At thecentre is the Earth, divided into three continents, with cardinal points and dimensions inscribed. It is surrounded by the phasesof the Moon and the days of the lunar cycle, and the spheres of the seven Planets correlated with the seven heavens; the hoursof the day are entered on the sphere of the Sun. The
rota
isdivided radially into 12 sectors, corresponding to the zodiacalsigns, which are inscribed on the perimeter; the radii arelabelled with information about the Sun’s movement throughthe zodiac. The quadrants contain a polyglot vocabulary of astronomical terms. For a transcription of the labels, see ADerolez
 Lamberti S Avdomari canoni. Liber floridus ...
, Ghent1968, p. [96].Leiden, Bibl Univ MS Voss lat F 31, fol 205v Lambert of SOmer,
 Liber floridus
. France, late thirteenth century; 284 fols12½ x 8½ in.Description in A Derolez (ed)
 Liber floridus colloquium. Papers Read at the International Meeting Held in theUniversity Library Ghent on 3–5 September 1967 
Ghent 1973, p. 41.(photograph, Bibliotek Universiteit, Leiden)View an enlarged940 x 1296 pixelJPG image(348KB)
<Figure 2.
 Rota
of the Five Sevens and quadripartitehistorical schema.
 
)
AS GLOSSED BY MICHAEL EVANS
(on page 53):
See section 7.London Bl MS Roy 14 B IX, final picture on roll. Peter of Poitiers
arbor historiae
. Saint Albans (?), c 1270; rollmeasures 20ft 9in x 1ft.Description in Royal MS catalogue cited note 84 above.(photograph, Warburg Institute)View an enlarged980 x 1220 pixelJPG image(420KB)

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