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MRJ number: 
99
College classmark: 
D.24

    Vellum, 10 x 7.5, ff. 353 + 1.  Mostly double columns of 34-36 lines.  13th cent., in various hands, most likely French.

    Donor, T. C. S.

    From St Augustine's, Canterbury.  On flyleaf, a list of contents, and

                                De librario S. Aug. Cant.  Dist. 14, Gra. II.

    Ancient Libraries, p. 339, no. 1218 and p. 520.

    Old binding, skin over boards, clasps gone.

    Collation: 1 flyleaf, 110 212 - 512 68 78 | 810 910 108 1110 1212 1310 - 1510 1612 1710 1810 198 2010 218 2210 2312 2410 - 2610 2712 (wants 12) 2810 - 3310 348 3510.

    There are verses on the preliminary leaves.

    Verses on the flyleaf (xv ?), perhaps on John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester:

                                  Rex victor mortis animam Wyrchestre Johannis

                                        sathane

                         ua     A baratri portis defendat in omnibus annis

                          cat   Dum mors infestat hunc extremaque die stat

                                                                                   hoc        tumulo

                                  Corpus quod gessit hac in fossa requiescit

                                  Mortuus hic restat quem gens northumbrica prestat

                                  Hic clarus genere vir et armis sepe probatus

                                  Ut sit saluatus dicat lector miserere

                                  Largitor venie semper huic sis (corr. to sit) miseratus.

 

    This is followed by an analysis in tabular form of the aphorismi of Hippocrates and perhaps other tracts (1a).

    Contents:

 

          1.  Tractatus de simplicibus medicinis    .         .         .         .         .         .         .        f. 3b

               Quoniam diaputacionem simplicis medicine.

               Absinthium-Zizania

                      -sanat et mundificat (10a).

               Followed by other paragraphs on Agrimonia, Bruscus, etc.

          2.  Versus Egidi de urinis cum commento gilberti       .         .         .         .         .          11

                      Liber iste liber est noue institucionis‚Ķ

                      Dicitur urina quoniam sit renibus una, etc.

               Ends 22b in lower margin

                      fimbria monstratam quem non est tangere dignus.

          3.  Ysagoga Iohannicii in tegni galieni     .         .         .         .         .         .         .           23

               Medicina dividitur in duas partes

                      boni maliue discrecione.

               Memorial verses follow.

          4.  Inc. microtegni Galieni de temporibus causis et signis sanis

                   egris et neutris     .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .          29

               Tres sunt omnes doctrine

                      -oraciones in eis.

          5.  Inc. liber philareti de pulsibus      .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         44         

               Intencionem habemus

                      sufficiant ad presencia.

          6.  Inc. primus liber afforismorum ypocratis          .         .         .         .         .         .        46

               Vita breuis

                      -soluitur dolore.

          7.  Inc. liber ypocratis de signis et maxime de signis pronosticis         .         .          .       54

               Omnis qui medicine artis

                      -ordine preceptorum.

               With copious comment.

          8.  Liber urinarum theophili        .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .      59b

               De differenciis

                      -in epate generantur.

          9.  Tractatus de libro animalium.  Diuisio parcium animalium            .           .          .      67

               Quedam partes animalium sunt simplices.

               In seven books, the last only 9 lines, ending 71a. 71b-

                   74b blank, except for a later note on 74 (which is only

                   a slip ).

        10.   Liber urinarum ysaac       .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .   75

               In latinis quidem libris.

               A division at f. 99, text begins Coloribus et liquoribus et

                   urinarum ypostasibus monstratis, ends 102b dolorem renum

                   significat.  One paragraph follows.

        11.  Liber afforismorum ypocratis    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .   103

               Vita breuis

                      -deglutire non possit mortale.

               With copious  marginal comment.

        12.  Viaticus Constantini   .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         113 

               Constantinus iste affricanus.

               Quoniam quidem ut ait tullius in rethoricis.

        13.  Diete universales ysaac (capitula on 186b)       .         .         .         .         .         .          187

               Quod imprimis coegit antiquos disputare

                      -mollibus uero post.

        14.  Diete particulares ysaac        .         .         .         .         .         .        .         .         .          234b

               Compleuimus in primo libro.

               Books numbered II and III ending 274b: febrem euacuari.

        15.  Liber febrium ysaac (in five books)          .         .         .         .         .         .         .         275

               Quoniam te karissime fili Johannes.

               Lib. v ends: et propter vicinitatem cordis.

               Expl. febr. ysaac a G. (or C.) translat.  f. 343b blank.

        16.  De urinis significantibus mortem      .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .       344

               In omnibus istis infirmitatibus, s. ptisica, etc.

                      -uentositatem ostendit.

        17.  Tractatus de effectibus qualitatum    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .       344b

               Quoniam fere omnium questionum

                      -dicta sufficiant.

        18.  Tractatus de conferentibus et nocentibus     .         .         .         .         .         .         .       349

               Conferunt cerebro fetida

                      -nimis ventosum.

               Expl. conferencie et nocencie.

        19.  Tract beginning      .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .      352

                                     Finis medicine ita dumtaxat laudabilis

               ends imperfectly.

               A receipt is written in the last cover.

    There are some decorative and historiated initials of fair execution.

The latter are:

    f. 23 (no. 3).  Physician with vessel, and woman with basket, facing each other.

    f. 59b (no. 8).  Doctor in black gown over red, with vessel.

    f. 103 (no. 11).  Doctor in red over black with vessel: patient in bed: woman at his head on R.     

    f. 113 (no. 12).  Man stands over seated patient who holds a basin to his mouth; the other does something to his head.

Supplementary information 

Item 17 is Urso of Salerno's De primarum qualitatum arcanis et effectibus, in Roger Bacon, De retardandis senectutis accidentibus et de sensibus conseruandis (Oxford, 1590).  Ll.14.14 in St John's College Library.

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