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Bod-Inc: A-375

Arbolaire. Le grant herbier en francois.


Analysis of Content

A2r [Table of contents.]

D1r ‘L'exposition des mos obscurs et mal cognus par l'ordre des letters de a b c ec.’

D4v ‘Prologe.’ Incipit: ‘En ceste presente besongne en nostre propos et intention de traitier de simples medicines . . .’

D5v Arbolaire [French] Le grant herbier en francois. ‘Arbolayre contenant la qualitey et virtus, proprietey des herbes, arbres, gommes et semences extrait de pluseurs tratiers de medicine comment d'Auicenne, de Rasis, de Constantin de Ysaac et Plateaire selon le connun vsaige bien correct.’ Incipit: ‘[A]loen est de chaude et seche complexion ou second degr[ee]. Aloen est du ius d'une herbe que en a insi appellee aloen . . .’ See Joseph Frank Payne, ‘On the Herbarius and Hortus Sanitatis’, Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 6 (1901), 63-126, at 101-5, Arnold C. Klebs, ‘Incunabula Lists. I. Herbals', Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 12 (1918), 41-57, at 52 and Agnes Arber, Herbals: Their Origin and Evolution. A Chapter in the History of Botany, 1470-1670, 3rd edn (Cambridge, 1986), 26. Identified as a translation of the Latin Liber de simplici medicina, known as Circa instans, in Blanche Henrey, British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800 (London, 1975), I 6. Early Herbals, 54. See also note to CIBN A‑496.


Imprint: [Besançon: Peter Metlinger, c.1486-8]. Folio.

Remarks: Pellechet assigned to [Lyons: Jacques Maillet].


Collation: A8 B C6 D E8 F6 G H8 I6 K8 L6 M N8 O6 P–X8 Y10 Aa–Ff8.

Illustrations: On A1v a woodcut with a dedication scene; 307 woodcuts and woodcut initials.


ISTC: ia00944000

GW: GW 2312;

Hain: C 584;

Goff: Goff A‑944;

Others: CIBN A‑496; Claudin IV 479–485; Sheppard 6832.

LCN: 12665514


Copy number: A-375(1)

Wanting the blank leaf Ff8.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half pigskin.

Size: 280 × 203 × 42 mm.

Size of leaf: 259 × 196 mm.

Seven leaves with medicinal notes in the hand of Badoulleau in French and Latin in a seventeenth-century(?) hand bound before A1. Marginal notes and foliation by the same hand throughout.

Provenance: [ ] Badoulleau (fl. 1761); ‘Ex libris Badoulleau 1761' on A1r. William Pamplin (1806-1899). Purchased by the Radcliffe Library from Pamplin in 1847; manuscript addition to Radcliffe Catalogue (1835) for 1847: listed as ‘Arbolayre qualitey des herbes', with shelfmark 23.C.2.1. Transferred to the Bodleian after 1861.

Former Radcliffe shelfmarks: 23.C.2.1; G.143.N.2.


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