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Canon medicinae (Lib. I–V), et al.


Analysis of Content

a2r Avicenna: Canon medicinae [preface]. ‘Liber canonis primus quem princeps Aboali Abinsceni de medicina edidit.’ Translated by Gerardus Cremonensis. Incipit: ‘[I]n primis Deo gratias agamus, sicut sui ordinis celsitudo et beneficii ipsius multitudo meretur . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 705.

a2r [Table of contents.]

a4r Avicenna: Canon medicinae [book I]. Incipit: ‘[D]ico quod medicina est scientia . . .’

g6r [First colophon.]

g7r [Alphabetical index.]

[*1r] Avicenna: Canon medicinae [book II]. ‘Liber canonis secundus Auicenne verba principis Aboali.’ [Translated by Gerardus Cremonensis.] Incipit: ‘[H]orum librorum quos de medicina specificauimus . . .’

p6v [Second colophon.]

H2r [Table of contents.]

A1r Avicenna: Canon medicinae [book III]. [Translated by Gerardus Cremonensis.] Incipit: ‘[I]nquit Galienus “Intentio in creando caput non est cerebrum . . .”  ‘’

R10r [Third colophon.]

[*1v] [Table of contents.]

aa1r Avicenna: Canon medicinae [book IV]. [Translated by Gerardus Cremonensis.] Incipit: ‘[F]ebris est calor extraneus accensus in corde . . .’

kk1r Avicenna: Canon medicinae [book V]. [Translated by Gerardus Cremonensis.] Incipit: ‘[P]ostquam expediti sumus in libris quattuor a relatione . . .’

nn1r Avicenna: De viribus cordis. Translated by Arnoldus de Villa Nova. Incipit: ‘[C]reauit Deus ex concauitatibus cordis sinistram vt esset armarium spiritus . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 273. Manuel C. Diaz y Diaz, Index scriptorum Latinorum medii aevi Hispanorum (Madrid, 1959), 328-9 no. 1608, and Juan A. Paniagua, Estudios y notas sobre Arnau de Vilanova (Madrid, 1963), 18. Dated 6 Nov. 1479. See Wickersheimer I 45-99, Juan A. Paniagua, Estudios y notas sobre Arnau de Vilanova (Madrid, 1963), and Michael McVaugh, ‘Arnald of Villanova', DSB I 289-91.

oo2r [Fourth colophon.]

oo2v [Alphabetical index.]


Imprint: Padua: [Johannes Herbort, de Seligenstadt], 1479. Folio.

Remarks: In five parts, dated: (I) 19 Aug. 1479; (II) 27 Aug. 1479; (III) 27 Oct. 1479; (IV and V) [undated].


Collation: a8 b–f10 g6 [*2] i10 k8 l–o10 p6; H6 A–D10 E8 F10 G 2H8 I K12 L–O8 OP10 P Q8 R10; [*4] aa–ee10 ff–hh8 ij kk12 ll10 mm nn6 oo8.


ISTC: ia01419000

GW: GW 3117;

Hain: HC *2202;

Goff: Goff A‑1419;


Proctor: Pr 6800;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑958; CIBN A‑809; Osler, IM, 180; Sack, Freiburg, 413; Sheppard 5588.

LCN: 13955793


Copy number: A-636(1)

On g7r an impression of bearer type; see GW Anm.

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled leather over wooden boards, corner-pieces and two clasps lost; very worn and rebacked. On both covers triple fillets form a double frame; the inner rectangle is divided by triple fillets into lozenge-shaped compartments. In the compartments there are three different rosette stamps.

Size: 440 × 293 × 135 mm.

Size of leaf: 429 × 284 mm.

Major initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue with reserved white decoration and occassional pen-flourishing; other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; red capital strokes.

Provenance: Fiecht, Tyrol, Benedictines, S. Josephus (formerly St Georgenberg); inscription ‘Ad Bibliothecam Monasterij Montis S. Georgii 1659' on a3r. Purchased for £1. 16. 0; see Books Purchased (1851), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 1.13.

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