A grant from the Breslauer Foundation and a gift from a private donor have underwritten the acquisition of two incunabula and one late 15th-century manuscript bound in a single volume to be part of The Malta Study Center’s collection of rare books and manuscripts at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. The acquisition adds to the Center’s collection, being the first incunabula computus works added to and one of the earliest Catalan manuscripts held in the library’s Rare Book and Special Collections.
The first work, Bernart de Granollachs’ 1491 edition of the Lunarium ab anno 1491 ad annum 1550, supports HMML’s collection of early printed works dedicated to the history of the intersection of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic cultures, as Granollach’s relied on Jacob ben David’s astrological tables for calculating the calendar year. The second work, the 1490 printed edition of the Computus cum commento, was composed by Anianus, a French Benedictine monk who scholars believed lived at the monastery of Aniane near Montpellier during the 13th century. While HMML has several early works devoted to Benedictine history, this manuscript attests to Benedictine achievements in mathematics and astronomy.
The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minnesota, preserves handwritten manuscripts around the world and makes the digital images freely available in an effort to understand and protect the history of humanity.