This project began in October 2000 with the transcription of the 1483/5 Venice edition of the Manipulus florum. Beginning in May 2001, individual transcribed topics were published on this website in PDF documents that were fully searchable but were protected from printing and downloading. This stage of the project was completed in May 2002.
From June 2002 until July 2013 the transcription files were gradually replaced as work progressed on the critical edition of the Manipulus which is based on the three manuscript copies identified by Mary Rouse and Richard Rouse as the earliest, most authoritative and most influential witnesses to the lost autograph:
B = Paris, BnF MS lat. 15986
C = Paris, BnF MS lat. 15985
M = Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine MS lat. 1032
The edition also collates two incunables and three 16th-century imprints:
P = Piacenza 1483; V1 = Venice 1493/5; V2 = Venice 1550; L1 = Lyon 1553; L2 = Lyon 1567
Apparatus documents for the critical edition
Each entry on the HTML edition pages is linked to a protected PDF document which provides the variants in the manuscript and early print traditions ('Varia'). Most of the entries (over 90%) are also linked to protected PDF documents which provide Thomas' version of the text in parallel columns with the text from the standard modern edition of the original source/s ('Fons primus'/'Fontes primi') or the text from the standard modern edition of the intermediate source ('Fons proximus'), or from both. Some of these apparatus documents also provide the text from Thomas' actual source manuscript, many of which were identified by the Rouses (Preachers, pp.124-60 & 251-301).
The Janus intertexuality search engine
Since this project's inception the PDF transcription and edition apparatus documents have been fully searchable by the Adobe Reader search function and by Internet browsers such as Google. In November 2008 the Janus intertextuality search engine was launched on this website, enabling comparative textual searches of the edited portion of the Manipulus. In August 2013, shortly after the critical edition was completed, the final portion of edited entries was converted into XML and added to the Janus database.
Additional Open Access resources
In addition to the online edition and its search engine, this website also provides a number of related Open Access resources, including editions of the additional quotations inserted into the 1483 Piacenza edition and 1567 Lyon edition. Another supplemental resource is the editor's English translation of Thomas' original Preface to the Manipulus florum, which is found in most of the manuscripts and the first two printed editions, but was supplanted in the 1550 Venice edition. The project has also produced transcriptions of a number of public domain Latin texts which are freely provided on the Auxiliary Resources page. Finally, this website also provides an Annotated Bibliography of works dealing with the Manipulus florum that have been published since the Rouses' book appeared in 1979.