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Detailed record for Additional 15236

Title A botanical and astrological miscellany including the Pronosticon and an extract from the Secretum Secretorum, Book 2
Origin England
Date 4th quarter of the 13th or 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin and French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Full page diagram with circles in green and yellow (f. 132v). Circular diagram in red and brown (f. 108v). Initial with pen-flourishing and partial border in red and green (f. 95). Initial in red with penwork decoration in green (f. 130). Marginal drawings in brown, red and green of human heads and hybrid creatures (ff. 29-33) and patterns in black (ff. 26, 36). Table and titles with decorated borders in red and green (ff. 96-104). Paraphs and initials in red and green.
Dimensions in mm 150 x 110
Official foliation ff. 192 (ff. 1 and 192 are parchment flyleaves, palimpsests from an earlier manuscript, f. 190 is a parchment flyleaf and f. 190 is a paper flyleaf + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1965.
Provenance Notes and pen-trials on the flyleaves in Latin in a hand of the 16th or 17th century, including 'Lego et intellecta recte Judica' (f. 1v) 'Benedicat virgo Maria' (f. 191).
Benjamin Heywood Bright (b.1787, d. 1843), antiquary, his sale, Sotheby's, 18 June, 1844, lot 265: bought by the British Museum for £7 7s.
Notes ff. 2-24v, 172-187v: An alphabetical glossary of medicinal plants in Latin, with some French and English equivalents given;
ff. 29-92: Collection of charms and medical recipes in Latin and French with an index;
ff. 92v-94: A letter purporting to be from Jesus Christ to Christians;
ff. 95-104: Text on divination and the spheres, in Latin and French;
ff. 105-108: Pronosticon, a 13th-century Anglo-Norman version of the 'Ludus Philosophorum';
ff. 108-112: Spheres of life and death, with a circular diagram (f. 108v);
ff. 112v-126: La table de la lune, les dusse signes de fisonomie et de les vii planetes, an astrological text on the alignment of the moon and the planets;
ff. 129-171v: Tracts and tables on divination, mostly in Latin, including part of the 'Secretum Secretorum' (ff. 160-161v), a text on the interpretation of dreams using the Psalter (f. 169, in French), chiromancy and astrology.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1841-1845 (London: British Museum, 1850), p. 117.

Lanfrank's 'Science of Cirurgie', ed. by R. V. Fleischhacker, Early English Text Society, Original Series, 102 (London: Early English Text Society, 1894), pp. 185-89, 284-90, 329-35 [refers to medicinal plants names in the glossary on ff. 2-24, 172-187].

Curt F. Buhler, 'Two Middle English texts of the 'Somnia Danielis',Anglia, 80 (1962), 264-73 (p. 270) [on ff. 169].

W. R. Jones, 'The Heavenly Letter in Medieval England', Medievalia et Humanistica, New Series, 6 (1975), 163-78 (p. 173) [on ff. 92v-4].

Keith V. Sinclair, 'Anglo-Norman at Waterford, the Mute Testimony of MS. Cambridge CCC 405' in Medieval French Textual Studies in memory of T.B.W. Reid (London: Anglo Norman Text Society, 1984), pp. 226-27 [on f. 169].

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), nos. 223, 311, 312r, 362, 385.

Steven J. Williams, The 'Secret of Secrets': The Scholarly Career of a Pseudo-Aristotelian Text in the Latin Middle Ages (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003), p. 410 [on ff. 160-161].

Edina Bozoky, Charmes et prie`res apotropai®ques (Turnhout: Brepols, 2003), pp. 70, n. 14, 75, n. 33


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