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Medical miscellany in Italian and Latin (Miscellanea Medica XXV)

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Medical miscellany in Italian and Latin


1. ff. 1r-14r Michael Scot, Consegli dei poveri infermi

f. 1r Lo libro ['tesauro' superscribed] di consig[li] di poveri infermi e utile per zeschaduno medicho segondo che mete michel scoto scoto astrologo del Imperator fredricho. Ora signiori voy dovete sapire ... f. 14r ... cun uno pecho de farina de orzo molto valera. Qui se finise el texoro.

2. ff. 14v-17v Simon of Genoa, Pandectae, extract

f. 14v Qui se comenza de la patricha de Mo. Simone. Ora basta ati al presente de medecine ... f. 17v ... cose fane polvere e meti in la praza. Finise la praticha Mo. Simonis.

3. ff. 18r-22v John Damascene, extracts on unguents, in Latin

f. 18r Unguentum de adipibus ... f. 22v ... despumate partes tres fiat ut supra. Explicit liber liber [sic] secundum Mesue.

4. ff. 23r-25r Miscellaneous medical receipts, in Latin and Italian

5. ff. 26r-29r Nicholas Praepositus, Synonima

f. 26r Incipit sinon[im]a. Po. Artemisia est matricaria ... f. 29r Zenziber est aplimitram idem. Finita sunt sinon[im]a. deo gratias. Amen.

6. ff. 30r-v Table of herbs, index for no. 12 below

f. 30r Herba ariola cap. 1 ... f. 30v Serpilium c. 147.

7. ff. 31r-46v Miscellaneous medical receipts, mainly in Italian with a few in Latin

8. ff. 46v-47v Anonymous, Del rosmarino

f. 46v Qui chomenza le virtude che dio dimostro del Rosmarino ... f. 47v ... et uso della predicta decotcione per tuto che molto perfeta.

9. ff. 48r-52v Charms, in Latin and Italian.

10. ff. 53r-56v Incomplete work on nativities, signs of the zodiac etc.

11. ff. 57r-67v Collection of medical receipts

12. ff. 68r-73v Alphabetical compendium of herbs

f. 68r Incomplete with leaves wanting in the middle (vid. sup.) The last herb is numbered 147. Serpilium ... 73v Vesige et distilacioni urine. Finis.

13. ff. 74r-76v Miscellaneous medical receipts


Late 15th century - Early 16th Century

Physical description

1 volume 76 ll. 4to. 20 1/2 x 15 cm. Modern boards. Reckoning by an early foliation, the following leaves are wanting between fol. 9 and 10, 1 leaf; between fol. 52 and 53, 2 leaves; between fol. 56 and 57, 3 leaves; between fol. 58 and 59, two leaves; between fol. 60 and 61, 5 leaves: between fol. 68 and 69, 2 leaves; between fol. 69 and 70, four leaves; between fol. 76 and fol. 1, three leaves. The MS. has been wrongly rebound and the present ff. 53-76 should have been placed at the beginning, as these are foliated in the old numeration 3-42. The present ff. 1-52 are in the old foliation 46-69 + 28 unnumbered. A new foliation 1-76 has been added in pencil. Lower corners cut away throughout; some leaves stained. Some capitals, paragraph marks and headings in red.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1930.

Biographical note

Possibly produced in Venice.

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).

Location of duplicates

There is a copy of it in the Rossi MS at the Vatican (Haskins, 'Studies in Mediaeval Science', 1924, p. 282 note).


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