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Bod-Inc: A-636A


Canon medicinae [Latin] (Lib. I–V), et al.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Avicenna: Canon medicinae [preface]. ‘Liber canonis primus quem princeps Aboali Abinsceni de medicina edidit translatus a magistro Gerardo Cremonensi . . .’ The work was translated by Gerardus Cremonensis, as recorded in the heading. Incipit: ‘[I]n primis Deo gratias agamus, sicut sui ordinis celsitudo et beneficii ipsius multitudo meretur . . .’ See A‑636.

a2r [Table of contents.]

a4v ‘Registrum'.

b1r Avicenna: Canon medicinae [book I]. Incipit: ‘[D]ico quod medicina est scientia . . .’

n1r [Alphabetical index.]

n3v Avicenna: Canon medicinae [book II]. Incipit: ‘[H]orum librorum quos de medicina specificauimus . . .’

A1r [Table of contents.]

B1r Avicenna: Canon medicinae [book III]. Incipit: ‘[I]nquit Galienus “Intentio in creando caput non est cerebrum . . .”  ‘

AA1r Avicenna: Canon medicinae [book IV]. Incipit: ‘[F]ebris est calor extraneus accensus in corde . . .’

QQ6r [Table of contents.]

RR1r Avicenna: Canon medicinae [book V]. Incipit: ‘[P]ostquam expediti sumus in libris quattuor a relatione . . .’

YY1r Avicenna: De viribus cordis. Translated by Arnoldus de Villa Nova, as recorded in the heading. Incipit: ‘[C]reauit Deus ex concauitatibus cordis sinistram vt esset armarium spiritus . . .’ See A‑636.

ZZ3r [First colophon.]

ZZ3v [Table of contents.]

ZZ12r [Second colophon.]


Imprint: Venice: Simon Bevilaqua, 20 July and 21 Nov. 1500. 4°.


Collation: a4 b–l8 m10 n–z [et]8 A6 B–Z aa–hh8 ii6 AA–PP8 QQ10 RR–YY8 ZZ12.

Remarks: Leaf OO1 signed ‘NN'.


ISTC: ia01425000

GW: GW 3123;

Hain: HC *2211;

Goff: Goff A‑1425;

BMC: BMC V 524;

Proctor: Pr 5416;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑962; CIBN A‑815; not in Sheppard.

LCN: 15712489


Copy number: A-636A(1)

Wanting the title-page, a1.

Bound in three volumes: vol. 1: Canon medicinae, books I and II, and table for book III; vol. 2: book III; vol. 3: books IV and V, and De viribus cordis.

Binding: Seventeenth-century(?) parchment. Author and title at the head of the spine of each volume in manuscript in black ink.

Size: Vol. 1: 220 × 160 × 29 mm; vol. 2: 221 × 162 × 36 mm; vol. 3: 220 × 165 × 28 mm.

Size of leaf: 212 × 157 mm.

Some early marginal annotations, commenting on and structuring the text, also ‘nota' marks and extraction of key words. Several loose leaves of bibliographical notes by Lawn.

Provenance: Hicks Parker (eighteenth century?); name on the recto of the front endleaf of each volume. Dr Brian Lawn (1905-2001); book-plate; catalogue, p. 28. Bequeathed in 2001.

SHELFMARK: Lawn d.5.

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