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Bod-Inc: H-039


Herbarius [without synonyms].


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A2r [Introduction.] Incipit: ‘Arnoldi de noua uilla Auicenna. [R]ogatu plurimorum inopum nummorum egentium appotecas refutantium . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1364.

A3r [Introduction to table of contents.] Incipit: ‘Pondus medicinale in figuris sic cognoscens . . .’

A3r ‘Capitula herbarum secundum ordinem alphabeti.’

a1r Herbarius. ‘Herbolarium de uirtutibus herbarum.’ Incipit: ‘Absintheum. Absintheum est calidum in primo gradu et siccum in secundo . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 12.

t7r ‘Particula secunda de laxatiuis limitiuis seu lubricatiuis superioribus antidotis deseruientibus.’

t8r Herbarius: ‘Secunda particula' to ‘septima particula.’ Incipit: ‘Aloepaticum calidum est et siccum in secundo gradu, et fit ex succo . . .’


Imprint: Venice: Simon Bevilaqua, 14 Dec. 1499. 4o.


Collation: A4 a–x8.

Remarks: Leaf A2 signed A.

Illustrations: Woodcuts.


ISTC: ih00069000

Hain: HC *1807;

Goff: Goff H‑69;

BMC: BMC V 524;

Proctor: Pr 5415;

Others: BSB‑Ink H‑104; Essling 1190; Klebs, ‘Herbals of 15th Century', 92, ‘Dated h'; Rhodes 901; Sander 612; Sheppard 4496-7.

LCN: 12928983, 14512351


Copy number: H-039(1)

Wanting sheet A1.4 and the blank leaf x8. Sheet A2.3 is mounted and repaired.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco, with faded turquoise pastedowns.

Size: 222 × 163 × 32 mm.

Size of leaf: 212 × 151 mm.

Early marginal annotations, including key words. Irregular manuscript foliation from verso to verso, 1-46; also earlier manuscript foliation, 78-150.

Some woodcuts coloured in green.

Provenance: Dimitrij Petrovich, Count Boutourlin (1763-1829); armorial book-plate and shelfmark no. 621; see Catalogue (1831); not found in Books Purchased (1839-41). Date of acquisition unknown; the shelfmark may indicate a date c.1886.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 6.59.

Copy number: H-039(2)

Wanting leaf A1.

Binding: Seventeenth/eighteenth-century blind-tooled calf; gold-tooled spine; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 220 × 159 × 30 mm.

Size of leaf: 211 × 147 mm.

The English names of the herbs illustrated are placed next to the illustrations in the text in a sixteenth-century hand. Marginal notes mostly in one seventeenth-century hand in Latin (key words and corrections to the text), and English names next to the Latin equivalents in the Capitula. On x8r a recipe in manuscript in English in a late sixteenth-century hand, with incipit, ‘Take spermynte, callamynte, organye, balme, of ech a handfull, bettanye, a handfull and dimidium Isoppe, wyld margoryam, sticadyne(?), margery gentil of ech dimidium a handfull; mayden heare, sydrac, sentwort, hartstonge sage & ye fflowers of rosemarye of ech a handfull; woormwood v croppes, archangel i handfull, parsley rootes v, finale fennell roote ii, lycorys vii sticks, annyseds, fennell seds, carrott seds of ech dimidium a handfull, synamon dimidium ounce, cloves and mace 1 quarter ounce wash all theis herbes and tak ye pythe ffro ye roots, and browste ye lycorys seds & spices, and seeth all theis taguethr in a gallon of temple(?) pype water, and lett it seeth till almost half be consumed awaye, then take it ffrom ye ffyer & strayne it and then putt into ye lyecor[ys] i pound sugar, 3 sponefulls english honey, 9 sponefulls whyt vynager and seeth theis agayne over a soft fyer, and lett it seeth vntill dimidium a pynt be consumud and scome it very cleane being over ye ffyer boyling, and then tak ye whytes of 2 eggs & beate them well and then cast them vppon ye lyecor[ys] on ye ffyer and then it shall gather a scome wich ye must scome of very cleane and then take it ffro ye ffyer agayne and strayne it very cleane into a cleane pott well leaded or into some other pewter pott, and then take i quarter ounce cynamon well beaten & searched & cast it vpon ye lyecor[ys] & stue toguethr, and of this lett ye patient drynk 7, 9, or 11 sponefulls warmed in ye mornyng before she ryse, and lykwyse so muche when she is in bedd at niygt etc it being 4 howres after supper, and so contynue etc. And lett ye patyent eat no fysh nor chese during ye receipt hereeof. etc.’

Provenance: Samuel Turner (fl. 1651); partly cancelled inscription on a1r: ‘Samuel Thurner me jure tenet [ ] 1651'. Oxford, Radcliffe Library; book-plate; acquired by 1835: see interleaved copy of the Radcliffe Catalogue (1835), p. 271, with manuscript shelfmark ‘23.C.3.7'. Transferred to the Bodleian by the Radcliffe Trustees between 1861 and 1893.

Former Radcliffe shelfmarks: G.143.N.3; 23.C.3.7; 25.D.3.6; 87.C.21.


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