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Bod-Inc: H-246

Hugo Senensis

Expositio super Aphorismos Hippocratis et Galeni commentum.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Hugo Senensis: [Preface addressed to] Nicolaus III d'Este, Duke of Modena. Dean Putnam Lockwood, Ugo Benzi: Medieval Philosopher and Physician 1376-1439 (Chicago, 1951), 212-13; see Thorndike–Kibre 1081.

a2r Hugo Senensis: Expositio super Aphorismos Hippocratis et Galeni commentum. Incipit: ‘  “[V]ita breuis, ars vero longa; tempus acutum, experimentum falax, iudicium autem difficile”. Iste est liber Afforismorum Ypocratis in quo intendit Ypocrates non . . .’ See Lockwood, Ugo Benzi, 213; Thorndike–Kibre 783, 577; Kibre, Hippocrates latinus, III.B.79.


Imprint: Ferrara: Laurentius de Rubeis, de Valentia, and Andreas de Grassis, de Castronovo, 15 Nov. 1493. Folio.


Collation: a10 b–d6 e–h8 i k6 l–o8 A8 B–E6 F–I8 K–M6 N4.


ISTC: ih00540000

Hain: H *9011;

Goff: Goff H‑540;

BMC: BMC VI 612;

Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑284; Lockwood, Ugo Benzi, 394, no. 8; Oates 2245; Sack, Freiburg, 1917; Sheppard 4790. Microfiche: Unit 13: Medical Incunabula: Part III.

LCN: 13934557


Copy number: H-246(1)

Bound with:
2. Hugo Senensis, Expositio super libros tegni Galeni. Venice: Bonetus Locatellus, for Octavianus Scotus, 21 June 1498 (H‑247).

Binding: Contemporary Italian blind-tooled quarter calf over wooden boards. Light brown goatskin over wooden boards, bevelled inwards. Four clasps, wanting, hinged on the upper cover and secured by three nails (inverted triangle). Catches in the form of trefoils with pointed top, secured by three nails, have bosses and zigzag engraving round the edges. Leather projects 65 mm over the boards and is decorated with three concentric two-line frames; the two inner frames enclose a border of tendrils and foliage; the tall narrow central panel contains three impressions of a flower-head tool. Title written in an amateurish hand on the lower board: ‘VGO SUPER AMPHORIS. ET TEGNI GALIENI'. Plain edges. Plain single headbands. Sewn on three split thongs. Bands divided by a single and outlined by a double line. Small quatrefoils in a two-line diaper in the compartments of the spine. No pastedowns. Two free endleaves at the back, watermark scales in circle (cf. PiccW 156-158: Kempten 1506, Bassano 1499. North Italy 1506).

Size: 325 × 225 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 312 × 207 mm.

Early marginal notes in both red and black ink, including the extraction of key words, also pointing hands, ‘nota' marks, and underlining in the text. Many of the notes in both items are in the sixteenth-century sloping humanist hand of the unidentified Italian purchaser of 1500, which has also drawn a large medical diagram on M6r of item 2. Some notes in item 1 have been erased.

Provenance: Unidentified Italian purchaser, 1500; Inscription on M5v of item 2: ‘Emi hunc librum Bononie 66 bologninis anno 1500'; the same hand on the verso of the last endleaf, ‘Ill. mia signora prego la S.V. la si deg[n]i de hauermi in el numero [dei] seruitorj v[ost]ri'. François Roux-Devillas; Catalogue, new series, 22, no. 6513. Purchased from Roux-Devillas in 1949, out of the Finch Fund; see unsigned pencil note (by David Rogers) on a1v, and label on the inside of the upper cover.

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. I2(1).

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