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Bod-Inc: A-004


Liber servitoris de praeparatione medicinarum simplicium.


Analysis of Content

Subject: medicine

[a1r] Abulcasis: Liber servitoris de praeparatione medicinarum simplicium. Translated by Simon Januensis and Abraham Tortuosiensis (Abraham Judaeus of Tortosa, Abraham ben Schem Tob). Incipit: ‘[D]ixit aggregator huius operis, postquam ego collegi librum hunc magnum in medicinis compositis, qui est liber magni iuuamenti, quem nominaui librum seruitorem . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 446. This is the 28th treatise of Abulcasis's al-Tasrif: see Sami Khalaf Hamarneh and Glenn Sonnedecker, A Pharmaceutical View of Abulcasis al-Zahrawi in Moorish Spain (Leiden, 1963), 28-9 and figures 6 and 7. [a1r] and [g12v] are also reproduced in Mario Tabanelli, Albucasi. Un chirurgo arabo dell'alto medioevo (Florence, 1961), pl. 33 and 34. See also Sami Khalaf Hamarneh, ‘Al-Zahrawi, Abul-Qasim Khalaf ibn ‘Abbas (Abulcasis)', DSB XIII 584-5.


Imprint: Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1471. 4°.


Collation: [a10 b–d8 e10 f8 g12].


ISTC: ia00014000

GW: GW 130;

Hain: C 3450;

Goff: Goff A‑14;

BMC: BMC V 169;

Proctor: Pr 4075;

Others: CIBN A‑8; Lowry, Jenson, 7; Osler, IM, 7; Sheppard 3244-5.

LCN: 14743374


Copy number: A-004(1)

Leaves [d1] and [d8] transposed in binding.

Binding: Parchment.

Size: 228 × 162 × 22 mm.

Size of leaf: 220 × 150 mm.

On [a1r] a six-line Venetian epigraphic initial ‘D' is supplied in gold and edged in black, on a blue background, with reserved white vine-stem scrolling, and with red, blue, and green infill; extending into the inner margin a leaf, drawn in black ink and consisting of four compartments, two containing inner segments in red, and two in green; in the centre of the leaf a large blue dot; see Pächt and Alexander II, 109 no. pr. 61. Two-line epigraphic initials are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Lanfranchini family of Verona, probably Cristoforo Lanfranchini (1430-1504); coat of arms on [a1r]: party per chevron embattled grady or and azure, three stars two and one countercharged. Purchased for £2. 12. 6: inscription on endleaf; in 1841 according to a pencil note on Sheppard's card, but not found in Books Purchased.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q inf. 2.51.

Copy number: A-004(2)

Bound with:
2. Nicolaus Salernitanus, Antidotarium. Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1471 (N‑067).

See Hamarneh and Sonnedecker, 29 for the occurrence of Nicolaus Salernitanus, Antidotarium with the Liber servitoris.

Binding: Eighteenth-century brown morocco, with a gold-tooled frame consisting of three fillets; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 212 × 160 × 28 mm.

Size of leaf: 206 × 148 mm.

On [a1r] a six-line epigraphic initial ‘D' is supplied in gold and edged in black, with infill decoration in black ink and in purple, all on a background of dark- and light-green leaf shapes; in the lower margin, a wreath in light- and dark-green: inside this a shield, on which a crudely drawn tower in brown ink, all on a purple background; other two-line initials are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate: see Lee, Royal Bookplates, 41 no. 24; sale, pt VI, lot 122. Purchased for £0. 8. 0; see Books Purchased (1845), 1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 6.72(1).

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