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Bod-Inc: M-215

Michael Scotus

Liber physiognomiae.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Table of contents.] ‘Rubricae omnium capitulorum contentorum in hoc praesenti uolumine'.

a4r Michael Scotus: Liber physiognomiae [addressed to] Fridericus II, Emperor. Incipit: ‘[I]mperator inter caetera quibus te oportet esse sollicitum est . . . [N]obilis imperator uir gratiose quasi omnium gratiarum et donorum . . .’ Explicit: prædiximus dicta sufficiant’ See Lohr 27 (1971) 349; Thorndike–Kibre 662, 913.


Imprint: [Venice: Jacobus de Fivizzano, Lunensis], 1477. 4°.


Collation: a10 b–h8 i K6.


ISTC: im00551000

Hain: HC *14550;

Goff: Goff M‑551;

BMC: BMC V 242;

Proctor: Pr 4364;

Others: BSB‑Ink M‑376; CIBN M‑350; Osler, IM 124; Sheppard 3529. Microfiche: Unit 12: Medical Incunabula: Part II.

LCN: 14051141


Copy number: M-215(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf, with gold-tooled spine.

Size: 200 × 140 × 17 mm.

Size of leaf: 193 × 129 mm.

Early marginal annotations, including comments on the text, and pointing hands. On K6 and on the following two rear endleaves are various notes about and recipes for treatments of the pox, accompanied by the dates ‘1481' and ‘1484', and a recipe for dying hair, all written in the same fifteenth-century hand, the hand of the other annotations in gathering K, including 'Renaldus d[e] Villa noua Ciruriqs[!] Cattelanus fuit bonus [a]stronomus' [with thanks to Joseph Ziegler and Martin Kauffmann for reading the inscription]'.

Provenance: Dinus Piazentinus(?) (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscription on K5v: ‘Dinus Piazentinus(?) cirurigss'. Sheppard states that this item was purchased in 1863.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q inf. 2.65.

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