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Magical and astrological treatises

Written by the same scribe throughout in a small upright hand, 26 lines to a page. A few headings and paragraph marks in red. There are some additional headings and marginalia by a slightly later hand. In the lower margin of f. 17v is a small pen-drawn horoscopic figure, and on ff. 18-20 numerical squares.


1. f. 1r-2r Pseudo-Bede, De situatione stellarum in 12 signis

f. 1r Incipit tractatus de situatione stellarum in 12 signis [Added: 'secundum Venerabilem Bedam'. At the side, by the later hand: 'De stellis pertinentibus 12 signis']. Aries habet in capite stellam unam ...

2. ff. 2r-11v Pseudo-Bede, De 12 signis et eorum occulitis virtutibus

f. 2r In nomine domini nostri ihesu christi. Incipit tractatus de 12 signis et eorum occultis uirtutibus editus a venerabili presbitero Beda ad Dalmachum missus discipulum suum qui fuir eruditor Karoli magni ... f. 11v ... Offerantur autem pro eis redimendis sacredoti qui ea consecraverit in honorie dei et 12. apostolorum. 12. denarii [added by the later hand: 'et supra predicta sigilla facias ut sacer[dos] dicar tres missas Spiritus sancti et et missas 12 apostolorum et tribuat ei angelum Sancti Joannis']. [Original hand] Anno. 1487. die 28. mensis Julii. conscriptus est liber iste per me Ro. bo. Scriptorem ferrariensem.

ff. 12r-13v blank.

3. ff. 14r-17r Picatrix, extract

f. 14r Incipiunt secrreta elementorum secretorum ... [Added by the later hand: 'et sunt ymagines 12 signorum extracte secundum consilium sapientis Picatricis. In libro secundo multis curis reperta fuere']. De figura arietis ad infirmitates capitis. Aries forma eius recta sine lingua ... f. 17r ... vel mastix et fiat de die et non de nocte. Expliciunt imagines signorum contra infirmitates corporis hominis secundum consilium picatricis libro 2 et hoc die. 30. mensis. Julii 1487.

4. ff. 17v-18v Anonymous, De civitatibus et provinciis sub signis

f. 17v [By the later hand] de civitatibus et provinciis existentibus sub ... f. 18v ... quia multa sunt sue utilitates.

5. ff. 18v-21r Anonymous, De figuris planetarum

f. 18v Iste sunt figure 7 planetarum in quibus ... f. 21r ... adde a parte posteriori curati sunt.

6. ff. 21v-23v Anonymous, De imaginibus septem planetarum

f. 21v [By the later hand] De ymagnibus septem plantearum. Imago Iovis fit exeunte eo de cancro ... f. 23v ... et tardare faciunt cantiem si in die bis hoc pectinet. Explectus est libellus iste die 30 Julii 1487. ferrarie. per me Ro. bo scriptorem.



Physical description

1 volume 25 ff. (last 2 bl.). 4to. 21 x 15 cm. Modern quarter calf binding.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1910.

Biographical note

Written in Ferrara.

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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This material has been digitised and can be freely accessed online through the Wellcome Library catalogue.

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On ff. 21v and 22 are marginal notes by another hand dated as follows: '1492 die 8 martis', '1493 die 22 octobris. satis bene', '1490 die 31 martis satis bene', '1495 12 augusti. optime'. These entries seem to refer to the making of planetary sigils. At the back of the first fly-leaf the visiting card of Count Paolo Vimercati-Sozzi (1801-1883), the archaeologist, is pasted in.


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