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Work C.1.21

Henry Savile
Lectures on the Almagest

Text  ‘(Oxford, BL, Savile 29) Mathesis unde dicta…’

Content University lectures on the Almagest extant in the autograph copy (over three manuscripts).

Origin University lectures given at Merton College, Oxford, by Henry Savile (1549-1622) in 1570-1571 and perhaps in the following years.

Note MS Oxford, BL, Savile 30, is in the hand of Henry Savile’s friend, John Chamber, and contains notes on the Ptolemaic theory of solar motion taken directly and with almost no changes from Savile’s lectures (see Goulding, Studies…, 139-143).

Bibl. M. Feingold, The Mathematicians’ Apprenticeship. Science, Universities and Society in England, 1560-1640, Cambridge, 1984, 47-48; R. Goulding, Studies of the Mathematical and Astronomical Papers of Sir Henry Savile, PhD dissertation, Warburg Institute, 1999, 46-96 and 125-134; R. Goulding, Defending Hypatia. Ramus, Savile, and the Renaissance Rediscovery of Mathematical History, Dordrecht-Heidelberg, 2010, 91-94.


Oxford, BL, Savile 29, s. XVI, f. 65v-140v

Oxford, BL, Savile 31, s. XVI, f. 1r-59v

Oxford, BL, Savile 32, s. XVI, f. 1r-73v