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Arnoldus de Villa Nova

Breviarium practicae medicinae.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Arnoldus de Villa Nova [pseudo-]: ‘Prologus.’ Incipit: ‘[P]ost obitum bone memorie magistri Joannis Casamide medicinalis scientie professoris reuerendissimi . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1065.

a2r Arnoldus de Villa Nova [pseudo-]: Breviarium practicae medicinae. Arnoldus de Villa Nova, Opera (Lyons, 1520), fols 150va –205rb. See Thorndike–Kibre 1258; Medizin und Kultur. Gesammelte Aufsätze von Paul Diepgen . . ., 120-7, for the argument in favour of the authenticity of the Breviarium and René Verrier, Etudes sur Arnaud de Villeneuve: III Le Breviarium Practicae ou Arnaud de Villeneuve et l'Italie (Leiden, 1949), who disputes Arnoldus's authorship; Verrier's assertion is disputed by Miquel Batllori, ‘Arnau de Vilanova en Italie', Analecta Sacra Tarraconensia, 23 (1951), 83-101; see also Juan A. Paniagua, El maestro Arnau de Vilanova médico (Valencia, 1969), 53-5.

l5r ‘Tabula siue registrum capitulorum.’


Imprint: Venice: Otinus de Luna, Papiensis, 21 Oct. 1497. Folio.


Collation: a–d6 e8 f–l6.


ISTC: ia01074000

GW: GW 2529;

Hain: HC 1802;

Goff: Goff A‑1074;

Proctor: Pr 5606;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑742; Sack, Freiburg, 298; Sheppard 4688.

LCN: 13978407


Copy number: A-434(1)

Binding: Seventeenth/eighteenth-century English calf; ‘Cambridge style'; double blind fillets form a border within which is a mottled compartment; a plain compartment within double fillets, with a floral tool at the corners; a mottled compartment with triple blind fillets.

Size: 304 × 207 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 196 mm.

Early marginal annotations and pointing hands. Notes, in English, of loans and receipts, and pen-trials on a1r; on l6r-v , humorous prose, also ‘Mistakes out of Scripture', ‘Of Malefactours' and ‘To make Ink', and pen-trials, all in various seventeenth-century hands.

Eight-, six-, and four-line initials are supplied in red or blue. Some paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Robert Willet (seventeenth century); name on a1r. Edward Elsing (seventeenth century?); inscription on l5v. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753); accession code 'P. 87'; see William Poole, 'Francis Lodwick, Hans Sloane, and the Bodleian Library', Library, 7th ser. 7 (2006), 377-418, at 386, note 23. Acquired by 1738: see Fysher, Catalogus, II 641.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: R 1.4 Med (Fysher); W 1.20 Med.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 2.8.

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