Secondary Sources, Context, and Background

Reference Sources: Chronologies, Dictionaries, Directories, Encyclopedias, Handbooks

Archimedes Project

Jacquart, D. & C. Thomasset. 1997. Lexique de la langue scientifique (astrologie, mathématiques, médicine...): Matériaux pour le Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (DMF)-4. Paris: Klincksieck, 313 pp.

Keyser, P T. and G. L. Irby-Massie. 2008. The encyclopedia of ancient natural scientists: the Greek tradition and its many heirs.

Hetherington, B. 1996. A Chronicle of Pre-telescopic Astronomy. NY: John Wiley & Sons, 273 pp.

Oleson, J. P., ed. 2008. The Oxford handbook of engineering and technology in the Classical world. Oxford; NY: Oxford University Press, 2008, 865 p.
HOLLIS Record

Ruggles, C. L. N. 2005. Ancient astronomy : an encyclopedia of cosmologies and myth. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 518 p.
Cabot Science | REF | QB16 .R84 2005

Biographical Sources

Butzer, P. L. 1993. Table of scholars and works in science (AD 400-950). Pp. 599-605 in Science in Western and Eastern Civilization in Carolingian Times. Ed. by P. L. Butzer & D. Lohrmann. Basel: Birkhäuser.

Pedersen, O. 1993. Biographical appendix. Pp. 297-404 in his Early Physics and Astronomy: A Historical Introduction. Rev. ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Ancient Greece through Copernicus; brief biographical data on about 200 individuals with references]

Bibliographies of Books and Articles

Forbes, R. J. 1949-50. Bibliographia Antiqua; Philosophia Naturalis - A.D. 1939. 10 v. Leiden: Nederlandsch Institut voor het Nabije Oosten. Supplement 1, 1940-50, 1952; Supplement 2, 1950-1960, 1963.

Kren, C. 1985. Medieval Science and Technology: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography. NY: Garland, 369 pp. [Includes modern editions and translations of primary sources]

Navia, L. E. 1993. Presocratic Philosophers: An Annotated Bibliography. NY: Garland, 722 pp

Mainly on 10 natural philosophers. No subject index. Indexes a wider range of literature in philosophy and history of science than Paquet, Roussel, and Lafrance's. Les présocratiques (PRL) which is more historical and philological. Includes post-1980 literature not in PRL.

Updates:
Navia, L. E. 1990. Pythagoras: An Annotated Bibliography. NY: Garland Pub., 381 pp.

Berryman et al., below, offer a detailed critique, including a list of major 1981-1989 works omitted from Navia.

Berryman, S., A. P. D. Mourelatos, and R. K. Sharma. 1995. Two annotated bibliographies on the Presocratics: A critique and user's guide. Ancient Philosophy, v. 15, no. 2, pp. 471-494.

See also:
Mourelatos, A. P. D., ed. 1993. Addenda to selective bibliography: 1973-1993. In: The Pre-Socratics: A Collection of Critical Essays. Rev. ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 559 pp. Partially updates PRL and Navia.

Oxford handbook of engineering and technology in the Classical world, ed. by John Peter Oleson. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008, 865 p. 
HOLLIS Record

Paquet, L., M. Roussel, and Y. Lafrance. 1988-89. Les présocratiques: bibliographie analytique, 1879-1980. 2 v. Montréal: Bellarmin; Paris: Les Belles Lettres.

Paquet, L., and Y. Lafrance. 1995. Les présocratiques: bibliographie analytique, 1450-1879: III Supplément. Saint-Laurent, Québec: Éditions Bellarmin, 429 pp. 3rd volume of Les présocratiques.
Covers and major Pre-Socratics, including the Sophists. Includes book reviews. 1879-1980. 3rd vol. 1450-1879.

Berryman, S., A. P. D. Mourelatos, and R. K. Sharma. 1995. Two annotated bibliographies on the Presocratics: A critique and user's guide. Ancient Philosophy, v. 15, no. 2, pp. 471-494.

See also:
Mourelatos, A. P. D., ed. 1993. Addenda to selective bibliography: 1973-1993. In: The Pre-Socratics : A Collection of Critical Essays. Rev. ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 559 pp. partially updates PRL and Navia.

Primary Sources

Online Full Text Collections and Digital Libraries

Archimedes Project

Database of Alchemical Manuscripts

Manuscripts

Agrimi, J. 1976. Tecnica e scienza nella cultura medievale: inventario dei manoscritti relativi alla scienza e alla tecnica medievale (secc. XI-XV): biblioteche di Lombardia. (Strumenti bibliografici 4) Firenze: La nuova Italia, 239 pp.

Lindberg, D. C. 1975. A Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Optical Manuscripts. (Subsidia mediaevalia 4). Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 142 pp.

Mantello, F. A. C. and A. G. Rigg, eds. 1996. Medieval Latin: An Introduction and Bibliographical Guide. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 774 pp.

Includes articles by:
  • N. Phillips - Music
  • F. Wallis - Science: Introductio
  • B. Hughes - Mathematics and geometry
  • E. D. Sylla - Physics
  • E. Grant - Astronomy, cosmology, and cosmography
  • C. Burnett - Astrology
  • F. Wallis - Chronology and systems of dating
  • P. D. A. Harvey - Cartography and its written sources
  • J. J. Scanlan - Zoology and physiology
  • R. J. Long - Botany
  • J. M. Riddle - Geology
  • M. Pereira - Chemistry and alchemy
  • P. M. Jones - Medicine
  • R. Kieckhefer - Magic
  • B. Hall - Technology and crafts: Introduction
  • E. Whitney - Artes mechanicae
  • J. F. O'Connor - Architecture
  • R. E. Zupko - Weights and measures
  • E. M. Parkinson - Weapons and warfare
  • J. H. Pryor - Ships and seafaring
  • J. Langdon - Agriculture, animal husbandry, and forestry
  • R. H. Rouse - Manuscript production
  • C. Davis-Weyer - Panel and wall painting, mosaics, metalwork, and other decorative arts
  • J. H. Munro - Textiles
  • P. O. Long - Mining and ore processing
  • A. M. Stahl - Minting and money
  • J. Muendel - Mills and milling

Thorndike, L. & P. Kibre. 1963. A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin. Rev. ed. Cambridge, MA: Mediaeval Academy of America, 1938 pp. Addenda and corrigenda: Speculum 40(1965): 116-122; 43(1968): 78-114.

Images

Index of Medieval Medical Images offers records of manuscripts from six North American libraries.