Title: Two Leaves from Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Contra Gentiles, 14th Century
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Condition: Very Good
Two 14th century leaves from Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles, written in Latin, produced in England, containing part of Book 3, Chapter 154. Also known as the Book on the truth of the Catholic faith against the errors of the unbelievers, the Summa Contra Gentiles is one of the well renowned treatises by Aquinas, first written as four books between 1259 and 1265. While his magnum opus the Summa Theologiae was written to educate Christianity to students of theology, the Summa Contra Gentiles takes a different approach. While the fourth and final book deals with topics such as the Trinity, incarnation, and sacraments, the first three books are heavily grounded to Natural Theology, or, arguments on the basis of reason.
The leaves have been written in a two column and 44-line format, with ruling. They have also been sown together, with the margins cropped to the second leaf. Additional notes have been added in red ink by a later hand.
This manuscript has been acquired from the Colker Collection, which was previously acquired in 1972 from Maggs Brothers.
Two leaves on vellum, sewn together, 18.6 x 13 cm, 18.8 x 9.7 cm
This manuscript is in very good shape, with some rubbing to the leaves, and light staining. There is a small tear to the second leaf, and several words have faded at the bottom.