Brief Description of the Manuscript
Index of Selected Images from the Manuscript
Links to Manuscript Descriptions in Table Format
Links to Brief Descriptions & Indices to Selected Images
MS 90 is the oldest manuscript from the Leopold von Ranke collection
in the Department of Special Collections, Syracuse University
Library, and is one of the only twenty known MSS known to exist
for the text of the Libellus of Telesphorus. It bears a date of
1391 and may originate from France or Germany, possibly from the
region of Tyrol, based upon the artistic style of the pen and
ink line drawings which are either damaged or have been left unfinished
for the most part.
The codex consists of twenty-three leaves (and 1 flyleaf) and is written in Latin, in Littera gothic cursiva textualis script. The text appears in a layout of 1 column of 41 rows, with rubrics in red.
The text is a prophetic and apocalyptic work showing the influence of the teachings Joachim of Fiore on Telesphorus of Cosenza, the author. The primitive artwork supports the content of the text by illustrating such scenes as the combat of Gog and Magog and the death of the Antichrist.
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f.1r, Caricature drawn over writing
f.2v, Text with Rubric
f.4r, Devil with the crowd; Devil with kings
f.16v, Angelic Pastor led from prison
f.20r, Armies of Gog & Magog
f.20v, Defeat of the Devil; Holy Father leading an army
f.22v, Angel opening a book
f.23r, Angel blowing horn; Holy Father
f.23v, Defeat of Antichrist
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