Libro dell'infirmita dei cavalli; Delle cure de' bovi; and Libro delle ricette per li homini et donne

  • Ruffo (Giordano)
Mid 16th Century
Part of:
Ruffo, Giordano (d.c.1256), De medicina equorum
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Libro dell'infirmita dei cavalli. Delle cure de' bovi. Libro delle ricette per li homini et donne. Fol. 1 Incipit liber Jordano della mantra si sono chiamato et dentro/nella chalauria fui nato. This is followed by a 37 line poem beginning 'Christo Signior patre omnipotenete/re creatore della humana gente/...' in which the Author prays for a blessing on his book. 43 Finiscie il primo libro.//Seguitano le cure delli buoi. 45 Finito el libro delle cure de boui.//Incominicia el libro delle ricette per li homini et/Donne aprobatissime. 61 Qui finiscie il libro di MO. Jordano della/mantra nuovamente Composto et ricoretto/et aprobattissimente exprimentato. 61v and 62 contain charms in Latin against invisible and magical enemies, to stop bleeding, etc. These are written by a different but contemporary hand. This MS. seems to be a version of the famous mediaeval work on veterinary medicine by Giordano Ruffo, but here only the remedies and diseases are given, in 155 chapters.


Mid 16th Century

Physical description

1 volume 4 bl. ll. + 62 ff. + 15 bl. ll. 4to. 23 1/2 x 17 1/2 cm. Original limp vellum covers. On fol. 50v is a pen-drawing of the 'Segnio di Salomone' in an unusual form.


Acquisition note

Purchased 1922.

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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  • 41425