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 of 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 the remainder of the text: Book 2 ("De principalium vitiorum et virtutum multiplicitate"), Book 3 ("De periculosis"), and Book 4 ("De gratiosis"). The edition and transcriptions are provided in PDF documents that are searchable via Internet browsers such as Google and the Adobe Reader search function.

Thanks to the provision of a Category A internal research grant, work on this project will resume in May 2015 with the intention of converting the transcriptions of Books 2-4 into editions by the end of summer. 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 Janus will then have the option of searching either the Manipulus, or the Pharetra, or both of these florilegia at once in conducting intertextuality searches.

It is intended that a critical edition of this text based on the earliest dated manuscript of the Pharetra (Salzburg, Stiftsbibliothek St. Peter, MS a.IV.34) and several other early manuscript witnesses will eventually supplant the edition based upon the 1866 Paris edition.

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

©20014-15 Chris L. Nighman
History Department
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada



The editor gratefully acknowledges that financial support for this project has been provided in the form of a Category A research grant
funded partly by WLU Operating funds and
partly by a SSHRC General Research Grant awarded to WLU.