Le medicien de' cavalli

  • Ruffo (Giordano)
Early 16th Century
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Ruffo, Giordano (d.c.1256), De medicina equorum
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Le medicien de' cavalli.

The 6 ll. at the beginning are on different paper and probably a later 16th century addition. The water-mark of the main text seems to be Briquet No. 6664, assigned to Florenece 1508.

Fol. 1 [C]Oncio sia cosa che intra tucti li animali creati/dall' altissimo iddio creatore.../.../Nullun animal sia piu nobile del Cauallo./.../(line 9) IO Ruffo di chalabria chaualieri che fuji di messer lo Im/peradore Federigo. Io ho prouato diligente mente/tucte quella cose che al cauallo sapparetiene di fare/.../(line 16) Imprimamente e da uedere del creatione e del/nasciemento del cauallo... 69, line 22 [U]Nguento da fare buon piedi alli cauagli/ch' auesseno male ungnie di rogne et/(fol. 69v) et [sic] o di crepacci.../.../(line 8)...et ungnie doue sta bisogno/et guerea tosto amen. Below this, obliterated in ink, is the charm against worms, headed 'AD occidendum verme [sic] quod [sic] habet equs [sic] dicat semel/pater noster. Hoc dicto dicatur in nomine pa/[tris]... The remainder is illegible. Four unfoliated leaves, the last blank, containing an Index by a later 16th century hand.

At the beginning, the first leaf contains a note on Ruffo by an early 17th century hand, and the second, a veterinary receipt by a 16th century scribe.


Early 16th Century

Physical description

1 volume 6 ll. (last 4 bl.). + 1 [2] bl. ll. + 70 ff. + 3 [4] ll. (last bl.). 8vo. 22 x 15 cm. Unbound. A blank [?] leaf at the beginning (a.1), ff. 30, 63, and a blank [?] leaf at the end are wanting. The first 4 ff. are damaged by damp, and some margins frayed. The text of the lower half of fol. 69v, containing a charm against worms in horses, has been blotted out in ink.


Acquisition note

Purchased 1931.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).


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