Collection of remedies for the diseases of horses

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Ruffo, Giordano (d.c.1256), De medicina equorum
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f. 1r-v blank

1. ff. 2r-19r Collection of remedies for the diseases of horses: in Italian, seemingly based on the receipts, etc. found in Ruffo's 'Le medicien de' cavalli'.

Begins: 'La Cyamora desende [sic] dal cerebro al cauallo et desende per fredo...'

ff. 19v-22v blank



Physical description

1 volume 22 ll. (first & last 3 bl.). 4to. 20 x 14 cm. Modern boards. Ff. 18, 19, and all after fol. 20 are wanting. Written in three different italic hands: 17 lines to a page throughout. On the first leaf of the text is an illuminated letter Q, in gold and colours with wide marginal decoration, somewhat rubbed, and the upper part shaved. Other capitals and headings in red. The first (blank) leaf and the last 4 leaves are on different paper, though there is an early foliation of 1-20 beginning at the first leaf: the last 4 ll. are not foliated. The MS. has been refoliated 1-22. Written in a semi-current humanistic script 21-24 lines to a page. The script on f.19 is similar but probably of the early 16th century The Index (ff. 2-4) seems to have been left unfinished, as it only extends to f.1. On f.16v and f.17v, receipts - possibly charms - have been erased.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1928.

Location of duplicates

A digitised copy is held by Wellcome Collection as part of The Medieval manuscripts digitisation project.

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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  • 49578