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Collection of medical treatises (Miscellanea Medica XI)

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Collection of medical treatises

Written by three contemporary hands, in double column. Hand A (No. 1) Semi-current small script, 50 lines to a column, capitals in alternate red and blue. Hand b (Nos. 1-3) Small rounded gothic hand 55 lines to a column: paragraph marks in red. Hand C (Nos. 4-7) Larger rounded gothic hand, 45 lines to a column: a few capitals in blue and red; paragraph marks in red. Illuminated initial C on fol. 1, and initial Q on fol. 141 in gold and colours. Below this are two receipts by a later hand for 'Diacassia solutiva'.


1. ff. 1r-121v Galeatii de Sancti Sophia, De febribus, incomplete

f. 1r Cum teste G[alieno]. 7o terapeutices ... f. 121v ... quedam ex effimera et putrida composite.

2. f. 122r Receipts by the same hand.

f. 122v blank

3. ff. 123r-137v Collection of medical receipts

f. 123r Capitulum de alopicia et tiria. Recipe pilas marinas et in testa nova illas com/bure ad ignem ... f. 137v ... quando vir vult ad mulierem accedere adiuuat mirabiliter ad concepcionem.

4. ff. 137v-138v Notes on astrology, urines, pulses, etc.

f. 137v Qualiter duodecim signa sodiaci [sic] dominantur in membris humanis ... In his sunt ascendentes plurium civitatum ... f. 138v Receipt 'Pro domino meo gilberto corrigiensi'.

ff. 139r-140v blank

5. ff. 141r-183v Saladinus de Asculo, Compendium aromatariorum

f. 141r Quia solet aromatariorum ignorantia ... ego saladinus artium et medicine doctor cuiusdam que serenitaris phisicus compendio sum hunctractatum composui quem compendium aromatariorum intitulavi ... f. 183v ... et cum zuccari libra. 1. et [?]. fiat/syrupus. Finis.

6. ff. 184r J. Mesus, Liber graduum

f. 184r A. Ager id est atramentum. D. Dyamidrin [?] calidum. et siccum in 3o gradu ... Epithimium calidum. et siccum in media 31 gradus.

7. ff. 184v-185v Nicholas Praepositus, Quid pro quo

f. 184v Quia antibedemonon [sic] liber librorum dyascoridis noscitru fecisse quem misit amiclo [sic] suo dicens utilissimus est ister liber in arte medicine multis enim medicorum contingit ut ea qua utilia sunt in curacionibus inveniri non possunt dicamus ergo breviter quid pro quo poni debeat. A. Pro aristologia rotunda. ruta dupla ... f. 185v Pro vino generatorum [?] vinum austerum uel succus porris silvestris. Explicit quid pro quo.

8. ff. 185v-190r Arabic-Latin glossary of medical terms, mostly of names of herbs

f. 185v Exposiciones terminorum medicine. Abel id est savina ... f. 190r Ysabracam ysaac bramacam. id est. ozimum carmerinum [?].

9. ff. 190r-192r Nicolaus Praepositus, Synonima Antidotarii

f. 190r Artimissia. id. est. matrecara ... f. 192r Zacaron. id est. psilium. Finis. Amen.


Mid 15th Century

Physical description

1 volume 192 ff. folio. 31 1/2 x 22 cm. 18th century half vellum binding. Probably 8 ii. are wanting after f. 121.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1909.

Biographical note

The second work may possibly be a compendium of the 'Practica' of Gulielmus Brixiensis, First published in 1508, as the Incipit is the same as that given in Thorndike's Catalogue of Incipits, col. 169.

Ownership note

From the Library of Prince Baldassare Boncompagni (1821-1894). The Boncompagni manuscripts were catalogued by Enrico Narducci (Catalogo di manoscritti ora posseduti da D. Baldassarre Boncompagni), whose catalogue was published in two editions, 1862 and 1896, which differed in both content and numbering scheme. Accepted practice is therefore to cite both numbers, giving the 1896 number first followed by the earlier number in parentheses. In this case, however, the manuscript only appeared in the 1896 edition, and was given number 475.

Finding aids

Catalogue description modified in 2014. For original description, see 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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