Bell Towers

St Peter's Basilica in Rome was not built in a day. Its bell towers are additions. Pope Urban VIII decided in 1636 to adopt the architect Bernini's scheme. This can now be examined online in a book of planning drawings, Vat.lat.13442.pt.1, including a curious little lift-the-flap page with design alternatives:
Many of the drawings are overlays on an engraving by Matthias Greuter. This was printed as a kind of master drawing for the project, which lasted many years. A start was made on the south tower, but due to technical problems the work was suspended. The completed parts of Bernini's structure were dismantled in 1646.

The portfolio is one of the manuscripts placed online in the last few days by the Vatican Apostolic Library. My list:
  1. Carte.dAbbadie.18 (black and white, low-res)
  2. Carte.dAbbadie.19 (black and white, low-res), translation from Arabic by Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie, the 19th-century Franco-Irish explorer
  3. Pages.1, Codex Leidradi (HT to @ParvaVox and @LatinAristotle who point out Bishop Leidrad of Lyons' autograph ex-libris in this very early (8th century) copy of Aristotle's Organon.)  Here is the inscription as transcribed by @LatinAristotle:
    The codex begins with
    Porphyry's Isagoge in the Latin translation (early 6th century CE) of Boethius. Check it out on ELMSS. @ParvaVox adds the reference CLA IV 417. Note the diagrams including this one:
  4. Reg.lat.458, a Lives of the Saints compilation (from cathedral priory of St Andrew, Rochester, Kent?) including a life of St Pol de Léon
  5. Vat.gr.463
  6. Vat.gr.758 ,
  7. Vat.lat.518.pt.1
  8. Vat.lat.752, philosophical: Bonaventura, Aquinas
  9. Vat.lat.1300
  10. Vat.lat.1439
  11. Vat.lat.1440, Pope Innocent: Apparatus in Decretalium Gregorii, with this opening initial:
  12. Vat.lat.1444
  13. Vat.lat.1452
  14. Vat.lat.1457
  15. Vat.lat.1463
  16. Vat.lat.1501, Notabilia of Johannes de Soncino
  17. Vat.lat.1509
  18. Vat.lat.1529 , Pietro de Crescenzi, Ruralia commoda, 14th century
  19. Vat.lat.1535
  20. Vat.lat.1544
  21. Vat.lat.1545, Macrobius, Commentary on Cicero's Scipio's Dream, 15th century
  22. Vat.lat.1549
  23. Vat.lat.1550
  24. Vat.lat.1551
  25. Vat.lat.1553, De verborum significatu, by the 2nd-century lexicographer Festus, epitome by Paulus. Incipit: Augustus, locus sanctus, ab avium gestu. Edition: De verborum significatu quae supersunt cum Pauli epitome, ed. Wallace M. Lindsay, Leipzig: Teubner 1913.
  26. Vat.lat.1557
  27. Vat.lat.1559
  28. Vat.lat.1561, Leonardo Bruni, De Militia
  29. Vat.lat.1562
  30. Vat.lat.1563
  31. Vat.lat.1564
  32. Vat.lat.1566
  33. Vat.lat.1576
  34. Vat.lat.1578
  35. Vat.lat.1581
  36. Vat.lat.1588
  37. Vat.lat.1617
  38. Vat.lat.1619
  39. Vat.lat.1627
  40. Vat.lat.1639
  41. Vat.lat.1658
  42. Vat.lat.1665
  43. Vat.lat.1667
  44. Vat.lat.1670
  45. Vat.lat.1674
  46. Vat.lat.1676
  47. Vat.lat.1677
  48. Vat.lat.1680
  49. Vat.lat.1685, Cicero, Letters, a Renaissance manuscript
  50. Vat.lat.1691
  51. Vat.lat.1701
  52. Vat.lat.13442.pt.1, drawings of Bernini's facade for the Basilica of St Peter in Rome (above)
  53. Vat.lat.15414

Also worthy of note is the arrival online, in colour and hi-res, of Vat.lat.1528, formerly only available in black and white. This is a 14th-century copy of De Balneis Puteolanis, the medical poem on the healing benefits of thermal baths by Petrus of Eboli. This copy lacks the racy illustrations. It is listed in Thorndike-Kibre only under the prologue, Inter opes rerum deus est. See Ballester

At Heidelberg, 15 new manuscripts have arrived online, most of them scientific. Those indexed by Thorndike-Kibre are marked eTK below:
  1. Pal. lat. 1171 Petrus : Medizinsche Sammelhandschrift (Italien, 14. Jh. (nach 1310))
  2. Pal. lat. 1172 Petrus : Conciliator Pars I (Heidelberg, Mitte 15 Jh.), eTK: Quod necessarium non sit medico ceteras speculationis scientias (15c); Also: Unum in ternario ac omne
  3. Pal. lat. 1180 Arnoldus ; Gentilis ; Bacon, Rogerus: Medizinische Sammelhandschrift (Heidelberg, 2. Drittel 15. Jh.), eTK: Ad investigationem ergo scientie de gradibus medicinarum
  4. Pal. lat. 1188 Avicenna; Hippocrates; Copho; Arnoldus ; Leopoldus ; Hermes; Ps.-Vergilius; Augustinus Bathus Senensis; Antonius de Haneron: Miscellaneenband (Sachsen, Ende 15. Jh.), eTK: Debes considerare planetas hora revolutionis (15c)
  5. Pal. lat. 1196 Isaac : Medizinische Sammelhandschrift (Frankreich, 13./14. Jh.), eTK: Cum in primis coegit antiquos disputare (15c)
  6. Pal. lat. 1198 Liber medcinalis (Regensburg oder Freising, 1565)
  7. Pal. lat. 1203 Kommentare zu den Aphorismen des Hippokrates (2. Drittel 15. Jh.), eTK: Intentio Hippocratis fuit componere librum pauci (15c)
  8. Pal. lat. 1205 Arnoldus praepositus Sancti Jacobi; Arnoldus ; Maimonides, Moses; Jacoby, Johann; Gentilis ; Costofferus; Auicenna; Bernardus ; Magninus : Medizinische Sammelhandschrift (Deutschland, 2. Hälfte 15. Jh), eTK: Accidit interdum aeri qui est hic apud nos (15c)
  9. Pal. lat. 1419 Ptolemaeus, Claudius: Opus quadripartitum (Deutschland, 2. Drittel 15. Jh.)
  10. Pal. lat. 1420 Ptolemaeus, Claudius; Johannes ; Albertus ; Johannes ; Bradwardine, Thomas; Simon ; Johannes : Sammelband mit Quadriviumstexten (Italien (I) , Italien und Köln (II), Ende 13. Jh. (I) ; 14. Jh. (II))
  11. Pal. lat. 1423 Pruckner, Nicolaus; Leowitz, Cyprian: Nativitäten ; Astrologische Urteile (Heidelberg, 2. Hälfte 16. Jh.)
  12. Pal. lat. 1425 Leowitz, Cyprian: Tomus tertius nativitatum (Augsburg, Mitte 16. Jh.)
  13. Pal. lat. 1436 Leopoldus ; Johannes ; Prophatius Judaeus: Astronomisch-astrologische Sammelhandschrift (Belgien, Mitte 15. Jh. (1447))
  14. Pal. lat. 1439 Peuerbach, Georg /von; Regiomontanus, Johannes; Albertus ; Johannes ; Głogowczyk, Jan; Ps.-Hippokrates; Prosdocimus ; Hermes: Astronomisch-astrologische Sammelhandschrift (Krakau, Leipzig, 1487-1493), eTK: Aries facit calorem temperatum (15c)
  15. Pal. lat. 1446 Abū-Maʿšar Ǧaʿfar Ibn-Muḥammad; Qabīṣī, Abu-'ṣ-Ṣaqr ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz Ibn-ʿUṯmān /al-; Māšā'allāh Ibn-Aṯarī: Astrologischer Sammelband (Deutschland, Mitte 15. Jh. (I) , letztes Drittel 14. Jh. (II)), eTK: Accipiat nomen suum
Finally, the Vatican Library is playing catch-up, having just posted some manuscripts already familiar from the Heidelberg site:
  1. Pal.lat.1357, eTK: India ulterior finitur ab oriente oceano (14c)
  2. Pal.lat.27
  3. Pal.lat.33
  4. Pal.lat.37
  5. Pal.lat.38
  6. Pal.lat.44
  7. Pal.lat.48
  8. Pal.lat.49
  9. Pal.lat.54
  10. Pal.lat.61
  11. Pal.lat.62
  12. Pal.lat.63
  13. Pal.lat.64
  14. Pal.lat.66
  15. Pal.lat.69
  16. Pal.lat.70
  17. Pal.lat.71
  18. Pal.lat.101
  19. Pal.lat.130
  20. Pal.lat.131
  21. Pal.lat.203
  22. Pal.lat.205
  23. Pal.lat.312
  24. Pal.lat.395
  25. Pal.lat.397
  26. Pal.lat.399
  27. Pal.lat.711
  28. Pal.lat.1089, eTK: Somnus corporis of Galen
  29. Pal.lat.1930
This is Piggin's Unofficial List number 115. If you have corrections or additions, please use the comments box below. Follow me on Twitter (@JBPiggin) for news of more additions to DigiVatLib.

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