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MS 14 (olim Goodhart 91) England?, s. XIVex

Nicolaus Salernitanus / Antidotarium

ff. 1r-55v

Inc.: Ego nicholaus rogatus a quibusdam in practica medicine studere volentibus. Vt eis recto ordine modum dispensandi conficiendique docerem et certam eis traderem doctrinam.

Expl.: ...duobus modis fortiter in mortario tunsis ponantur, in oculo per vii dies, viii autem die, super ignem ponantur et coquantur donec herbe//

Dietlinde Goltz, Mittelalterliche pharmazie und medizin: dargest. an geschichte und inhalt des Antidotarium Nicolai, (Stuttgart, 1976).

Parchment, ff. 55, 138 x 188 (90 x 124) mm., modern foliation. Written in 24 ruled lines with single vertical and upper horizontal bounding lines and double lower horizontal bounding lines, full across in ink. Prickings visible in all three outer margins.

I-V8, VI8 (-8 with no loss of text), VII8. Horizontal catchwords in lower left margin, verso. Quire and leaf signatures (e. g. 2i, 2ii, 2 iii, etc.) in lower right corner, recto.

Written by a single scribe in a spidery gothic bookhand, below the top line, with marginal corrections in the same hand. Pen trials on ff. 1r, 9v, and 10r in lower margin.

Painted 3- to 4-line green initials on red penwork grounds with flourishes extending into the inner and upper margins mark major text divisions. Smaller 2-line initials and paragraph markers in red throughout.

Binding: Original parchment binding; single sheet folded at top and bottom and sewn with thread. Outside of spine reinforced with leather strip sewn to parchment.

The text is attributed to Nicholas of Salerno (Nicolaus Salernitanus), an Italian physician, and was composed in the first half of the 12th century. This copy probably written in England, in the last quarter of the 14th century; early provenance unknown. On f. 33v, bookplate of "Hale of Alderly," Gloucester, England, dated '41. Purchased from Maggs (typed description on detached sheet accompanies text) in 1949 by Howard L. Goodhart, and presented by him to Bryn Mawr College in 1951.

secundo folio: passionem

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 435, no. 14.

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