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Arnoldus de Villa Nova

De arte cognoscendi venena.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Arnoldus de Villa Nova: De arte cognoscendi venena. Incipit: ‘[T]imens de uenenis caueat sibi de manu cuius recipiet cibos et potus suos et maxime potum uini . . .’ Arnoldus de Villa Nova, Opera (Lyons, 1520), fols 221va -222ra. See Thorndike–Kibre 1573; Manuel C. Diaz y Diaz, Index scriptorum Latinorum medii aevi Hispanorum (Madrid, 1959), 342 no. 1694; Juan A. Paniagua, Estudios y notas sobre Arnau de Vilanova (Madrid, 1963), 20; Juan A. Paniagua, El maestro Arnau de Vilanova médico (Valencia, 1969), 67.

[a4r] ‘Additio.’ Incipit: ‘[N]ota quod curatio ueneni fit aliquo istorum quatuor modorum . . .’

[a4r] Valascus de Tarenta: ‘Prologus.’ Incipit: ‘[P]remeditans procellam humani generis morbis epidimialibns(!) continue illatam, in honorem dei et uirginis gloriose et ne candela sub modio recondatur . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1083.

[a4v] [Table of contents.]

[a4v] Valascus de Tarenta: De epidemia et peste. Incipit: ‘[Q]uod uidimus testamur et quod testamur uerum est . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1256; A. C. Klebs and K. Sudhoff, Die ersten gedruckten Pestschriften (Munich, 1926), 54 and 76 no. 119; A. C. Klebs and E. Droz, Remèdes contre la peste (Paris, 1925), 89 no. 119.

[c2r] [Table of contents.]

[c3v] Petrus de Abano: [Prologue addressed to] Nicolaus III, Pont. Max. Incipit: ‘[R]everendissimo in Cristo patri et domino domino Nicolao, diuina prouidentia summo pontifici . . .’

[c4r] Petrus de Abano: De venenis. Incipit: ‘[Q]uia uenenum oppositum est cibo nostri corporis ideo sicut cibus ipse efficitur pars nostri corporis . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1234.

[e7v] [Silvaticus, Matthaeus]: De lapide Begaar [Bezoar] ex pandectis. Incipit: ‘[L]apis Begaar Latine uel lapis liberans a uenenis Arabi, Hager, Begaar. Begaar est nomen Persicum et est expellens nocumentum . . .’ See Silvaticus, Pandectarum opus (Venice, 1524), sig. q3v, with some variations; also Thorndike II,909-10. On authorship see Thorndike III 233-4.


Imprint: Mantua: [Johannes Vurster and Johannes Baumeister], 1473. 4°.


Collation: [a b8 c10 d e8].


ISTC: ia01065900

GW: GW 2522;

Hain: HC 7 + 1805;

Goff: Goff A‑1067;


Proctor: Pr 6884;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑735; CIBN A‑569; Oates 2583; Osler, IM, 41; Rhodes, ‘Mantua', 178-9, nos 9 and 12; Sheppard 5618-19.

LCN: 13978334, 13978377


Copy number: A-433(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [c1].

Gatherings [c]–[e] bound before [a]–[b].

Binding: Mottled sheep(?) [Sheppard describes as brown morocco]; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 242 × 173 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 234 × 161 mm.

Occasional marginal annotations.

Five- and three-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Capital strokes in red.

Provenance: inscription: ‘De Peregrinis', on [c2r]. Oxford, Radcliffe Library; probably purchased by the Radcliffe Library in 1850 from William Pamplin (1806-1899); note on verso of endleaf: ‘Pamplin, Nov. 20, 1850'; white shelfmark label inside the upper cover, with ‘RR.W.297' written in pencil over an earlier shelfmark. Transferred by the Radcliffe Trustees between 1861 and 1893.

Former Radcliffe shelfmark: RR.W.297.

SHELFMARK: Inc. d. I18.1473.1.

Copy number: A-433(2)

Wanting gatherings [a] and [b].

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf.

Size: 218 × 160 × 9 mm.

Size of leaf: 211 × 148 mm.

Manuscript titles on [c1r].

Provenance: Giuseppe Serra, Duca di Cassano († before 1826); see Catalogo, 5, under ‘Abano, Pet. de'. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); sale (1821), lot 1; purchased for £0. 6. 0; see Books Purchased (1821), 1 and the annotated sale catalogue.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 5.23.

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