Welcome to
The Liber pharetrae Project

The purpose of this website is to provide Open Access research materials from the Pseudo-Bonaventure Liber pharetrae (aka Pharetra), a Latin florilegium compiled at Paris in the mid-13th century, probably by Guibert de Tournai, OFM. This text was apparently first printed among various works by Bonaventure by Johannes Coelhof of Lubeck (Cologne, 1486), a digital version of which is provided online by the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel: http://diglib.hab.de/inkunabeln/e-88-2f-helmst/start.htm.

This project takes as its base text the public domain edition published at Paris in 1866 by A.C. Peltier. The website currently provides an edition of Book 1 ("De personarum varietate") and transcriptions of Book 2 ("De principalium vitiorum et virtutum multiplicitate"), Book 3 ("De periculosis"), and Book 4 ("De gratiosis"), all provided in PDF documents that are searchable via Internet browsers such as Google and the Adobe Reader search function, but have been protected from printing and downloading.

When research funding is obtained, work on this project will resume with the production of editions of Books 2-4. The edited quotations will then be converted into XML and added to the database for the Janus intertextuality search engine, developed in 2007-8 for the The Electronic Manipulus florum Project. Users of that resource will then have the option of searching either the Manipulus florum, the Liber pharetrae, or both editions in conducting intertextuality searches.

A critical edition of this text based on key manuscript witnesses is intended to eventually supplant the edition based upon the 1866 Paris edition.

The editor gratefully acknowledges Ross Arthur's advice and assistance with OCR software and Googlebooks' provision of the 1866 Paris edition.

©2014 Chris L. Nighman
History Department
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada