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Detailed record for Sloane 981

Title Medical miscellany, including the 'book of Macharias on the eye called Salaracer or secret of secrets'
Origin England
Date last quarter of the 14th or 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin, and English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large drawing of the eye, in black and red (f. 68). Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration, often in foliate forms. Large and small simple initials in red, blue, or brown. Marginal drawings in black ink.
Dimensions in mm 230 x 170 (180 x 115)
Official foliation ff. 95 ( + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BL/BM in-house. Rebound in 1971.
Provenance 16th-century inscription 'Paul de Middelburge episcop.' (f. 1).
Former shelfmark? 'H. 3' (f. 1).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes This treatise has some connection with a twelfth-century treatise the Tractatus de passionibus oculorum, qui vocatur Sisilacera, by a magister Zacharias: see Murdoch 1984.
Select bibliography Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Sloanianae(Manuscripts 1-1091), ([London: British Museum], no date), no. 981.

Loren MacKinney, Medical Illustrations in Medieval Manuscripts, Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 5, 2 parts bound together (London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1965), with Thomas Herndon, Part II, Medical Miniatures in Extant Manuscripts: A Checklist, no. 83.

Peter Murray Jones, Medieval Medical Miniatures (London: British Library, 1984), pp. 48-51, fig. 17.

Peter Murray Jones, Medieval Medicine in Illuminated Manuscripts, 2nd edn (London: British Library, 1998; first publ. as Medieval Medical Miniatures, 1984), p. 38, fig. 26.

John E. Murdoch, Album of Science: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, ed. by I. B. Cohen (New York: Scribner's Sons, 1984), no. 215.


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