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Bod-Inc: S-179A

Serapion, Johannes, the elder

Breviarium medicinae (trans. Gerardus Cremonensis), et al.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Serapion, Johannes, the elder: [Table of contents.] Incipit: ‘[I]ncipiamus cum auxilio dei et bonitate inspirationis . . .’

a2r Serapion, Johannes, the elder: Breuiarium [medicinae]. Translated by Gerardus Cremonensis. Incipit: ‘Aegritudines iste a duabus eueniunt causis . . .’ On the authorship and translation see S‑179; the translator is named in the author's colophon on l6v. Each ‘tractatus' is preceded by a table.

l6v [Author's colophon, naming the author and the translator.] Incipit: ‘Completum est postremum aggregati ex libro medicine edictione Joannis filii Serapionis. Et hunc librum transtulit magister Gerardus Cremonensis in collecto de arabico in latinum'.

l6v ‘Descriptio Mugath experti'. Incipit: ‘Recepit euforbii et spice inde piperis albi . . .’

l6v [Alphabetical table of synonyms.] ‘Synonima Serapionis'. Incipit: ‘Alliasef vel alchases. Id est puncti rubei qui sunt vt pullicis morsus . . .’

m1r ‘Tabula.’

m2r Serapion, Johannes, the younger [pseudo-]: Liber aggregatur in medicinis simplicibus. ‘Liber Serapionis aggregatus in medicinis simplicibus secundum translationem Symonis Ianuensis interprete Abraam Iudaeo Tortuosiensi de arabico in latinum'. Translated by Simon Januensis, aided by Abraham Iudaeus of Tortosa. Incipit: ‘[P]ostquam uidi librum Diascoridis et librum Galeni in medicinis simplicibus . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre, 1077. The translators are named in the printed heading (see above m2r). On the attribution of the work to Serapion see LMA VII 1775. M. Ullmann, ‘Die Medizin im Islam', in Handbuch der Orientalistik (Leiden, 1970), 283, argues that there is no such author as Serapion the Younger, and that the work was composed 200 years later than Yū annā ibn Sarābiyūn.

x6r Galenus [pseudo-]: De virtute centaureae [addressed to] Papias. [Translated by Nicolaus de Regio.] Incipit: ‘[E]go uidi frater, mi Papia, sicut Themischin famosus magister . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre, 492, and BSB‑Ink for attribution of the Latin translation to Nicolaus de Regio.

y1r Platearius, Johannes: Practica brevis. ‘Prohemium'. Incipit: ‘[A]micum induit qui iustis amicorum precibus condescendit . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 91.

y1r [Table of fevers.]

y1r Platearius, Johannes: Practica brevis. Incipit: ‘Effimera est febris que fit ex principali vicio spumum habet . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 484, and Tony Hunt, ‘Roger Frugard's Chirurgia. The Practica brevis of Platearius', in Anglo-Norman Medicine, I (Woodbridge, 1994), 149-52, with the contents of this edition cited at 150-2.

z8r Platearius, [Matthaeus pseudo-]: De simplici medicina ‘Circa instans'. Incipit: ‘[C]irca instans negocium de simplicibus medicinis nostrum versatur . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 211. For the text see VL I 1282-5. The authorship is ascribed by BSB‑Ink; see also Hunt, Anglo-Norman Medicine, I 149.


Imprint: Venice: Bonetus Locatellus, for Octavianus Scotus, 16 Dec. 1497. Folio.


Collation: a–k8 l10 m–v8 x6 y10 z [et] [con]8 [rum]10.


ISTC: is00466000

Hain: HC *14695;

Goff: Goff S‑466;

BMC: BMC V 448;

Proctor: Pr 5084;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑298; CIBN S‑225; Rhodes 1608; Sack, Freiburg, 3222; not in Sheppard. Microfiche: Unit 11: Medical Incunabula: Part 1 MI 52.

LCN: 15031550


Copy number: S-179A(1)

Wants the blank leaf [rum]10.

Binding: Nineteenth-century(?) half parchment over marbled paper boards; mottled red-edged leaves; white leather label on the spine, lettered in gilt.

Size: 303 × 210 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 297 × 194 mm.

Some early marginal annotations, pointing hands, and ‘nota' marks, also underlining in the text in black ink.

Provenance: Rosano (nineteenth century?); name in brown ink on the title-page. Ernst Philip Goldschmidt (1887-1954). Dr Brian Lawn (1905-2001); purchased from Goldschmidt in 1980; book-plate; catalogue, pp. 8, 150. Bequeathed in 2001.

SHELFMARK: Lawn c.1.

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