Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 239: Aristotle, Metaphysica
201 Height (mm) and 141 Width (mm)
[ca. 1200 - 1299]
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CCCC MS 239 is a copy of the Latin translation of Aristotle's Metaphysics made in England and dating to the period c. 1250-75. It was perhaps given, together with several other books, to Corpus Christi College by Daniel Rogers, probably the Latin scholar and diplomat who was a contemporary of Matthew Parker and lived c. 1539-91. The Metaphysics was an important text for the medieval university curriculum, and the script and ornament suggests this copy might have been made in Oxford. Although now partly rebound with modern binding, part of the red skin medieval binding survives, with evidence that it once had clasps, and there is some indication of marks for the attachment of a chain.