Giordano Ruffo, Le medicine de' cavalli: diseases and remedies only

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1. f. 1r Table of Contents for the Ruffo text, extending to Chapter 15 only.

ff. 1v-2v blank.

2. ff. 3r-7r Full table of contents for the Ruffo text.

ff. 7v-8r blank

3. f. 8v Poem of 16 lines

Incipit: 'A voler che un Cauallo sia perfecto'

Explicit: 'Piccole orechie e lochi quanto un Boe'.

4. ff. 9r-56v Giordano Ruffo, Le medicine de' cavalli: in a version containing the sections on diseases and remedies only.

There are 137 chapters, and the opening chapters of the complete treatise are omitted: these contain general observations on horses, their care and hygiene, etc. The title inscribed on the spine is 'Segreti per cavalli'. Titles in Latin, with main text in Italian

Incipit: 'In hoc uolumine continentur diuerse infir/mitates accidentales Equorum vnde proueniant et remedia opportuna. Et primo de verme. Quando appare che lo petto del cauallo...'

Explicit: '..sin che limphia appearera et questo piu uolte e experimentato'.

ff. 57r-59v blank



Physical description

1 volume 8 ll. + xlix ff. + 3 bl. ll. 8vo. 17 x 12 cm. On vellum, 18th century vellum binding. Fol. 48 has been cut out: margins slightly cropped. 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.


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Purchased 1910.

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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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