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Silvaticus, Matthaeus

Liber pandectarum medicinae (ed. Matthaeus Moretus).


Analysis of Content

[*2r] Moretus Brixiensis, Matthaeus: [Preface addressed to] Cardinal Franciscus de Gonzaga. Incipit: ‘[N]on te latere arbitror reuerendissime pater . . .’

[*2v] [Alphabetical table of contents.]

[a2r] Silvaticus, Matthaeus: Liber pandectarum medicinae [dedicated to] Robertus, ‘King of Sicily' (i.e. Robert ‘the Wise', King of Naples). [Edited by Matthaeus Moretus, as stated in the preface.] Incipit: ‘[A]Achiam .i. castoreum Aagi .i. ebur . . .Aaron Graece, Arabice . . .’ See Johann Ramminger, ‘Né Dioscuride né Plinio: Su alcuni Testi medioevali del Medioevo e il Cornucopiae di Niccoló Perotti', in Atti del XIX Congresso Internazionale di studi umanistici, ed. F. Bertini and others, Studi Umanistici Piceni, 19 (1999), 104-14.


Imprint: [Modena]: Johannes Vurster, [July] 1474. Folio.

Remarks: Assigned to Modena by L. Balsamo, ‘Origini dell'industria tipografica a Modena: 1475 o 1473?', Atti e Memorie della Accademia Nazionale di Scienza, Lettere e Arti di Modena, ser. 6,17 (1975), 171-81; BMC assigns to [Bologna]. For the date see BMC VI p. xxxii.


Collation: [*6 a b10 c–e8 f10 g8 h10 i–m8 n o10 p8 q r10 s8 t6 aa–hh10.8 ii10 kk–oo8 pp6 qq8 rr10 ss–uu8 xx12 yy2].


ISTC: is00511000

Hain: H *15195;

Goff: Goff S‑511;

BMC: BMC VI 803;

Proctor: Pr 7189;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑388; Osler, IM 71; Sack, Freiburg, 3235; Sheppard 5303-4. Microfiche: Unit 14: Medical Incunabula: Part IV, MI 55.

LCN: 14125618


Copy number: S-204(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1].

Binding: Half calf of the 1860s over marbled pasteboards [probably not for the British Museum, given the date of acquisition by the Museum], according to a note by A. W. Pollard, Library Records c.1054. Half red- half green-edged leaves.

Size: 442 × 305 × 65 mm.

Size of leaf: 430 × 276 mm.

On the front endleaf a note in Lamberti's hand in red ink: ‘Simplicia omnia que in hoc volumine continentur sunt in summa 8031 [or dongi?]'. Some marginal notes, providing both corrections and supplements to the texts, also extracting key words and adding ‘nota' marks in Greek, in Lamberti's hand.

On [a2r] a large initial ‘A' is supplied in green within a square ground subdivided into rectangular sections, each supplied in azure, red, pink, and yellow, each with black spots. Within the area defined by the letter a floral and foliate decoration in brown, red, green, and blue. Other initials are supplied in red or green with yellow wash. Running chapter numbers and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Capitals touched with yellow wash.

Provenance: Magister Belpetrus (fl. 1479). Thomas Lamberti (fl. 1479); on [a2r] coat of arms: party per fess, in chief argent a demi-lion rampant or, holding in the right paw a star gules; in base, azure and vert a chief-pale purpure (see Crollalanza II 4); the shield is flanked by the initials T. L.; also inscription on the rear endleaf: ‘Has pandectas emj Padue studij mei tempore a M[agist]ro Belpetro physico Vincentino, ego Thomas Lambertus me[dici]ne scholaris precio lib . . . duc[atis] 4or 1479'. London, British Museum; red oval purchase stamp; purchased 5 July 1882; shelfmarks: ‘1833.c.1'; ‘IC.32202'; duplicate. Transferred to the Bodleian in Oct. 1913; see ‘List of Duplicate Incunabula' (Library Records c.1054), no. 28.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 3Q 3.38.

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