Thomas Hibernicus Flores doctorum pene omnium, 1699
This is one of Dublin City Public Libraries’ three early editions of what is essentially the same work by the medieval Irish scholar Thomas Hibernicus. The work demonstrates the continuity of learning from the Middle Ages to early modern Europe. It is a compendium of over 6000 quotes from learned men, including doctors of the Church, classical philosophers and the Persian physician Avicenna. It was an early attempt to produce a gleaning from the international wisdom of the period when it was composed, which was at the beginning of the 14th century. (1306). The “Floriligeum” was an early form of a dictionary of quotations, but was used in this specific form by preachers preparing their sermons. Thomas Hibernicus studied at the Sorbonne and when he died he willed money and books to the University; some of the sources he used for his work are still held there.
For information on the other versions of the works of Hibernicus, see the Dublin City Public Library Catalogue.