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Detailed record for Sloane 776

Author John Arderne
Title Treatise on Surgery, with tables and calendar
Origin England, S. E.(?) (London?)
Date c. 1532
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 2 full-page drawings of surgical instruments and procedures in black ink and colours (ff. 110v-111). Numerous marginal illustrations or miniatures within the text in ink with colour washes. Spaces left and guide letters for initials.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 155 (155 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 285 ( + 1 unfoliated leaf after f. 7 + 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BL/BM in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance Former shelfmark (?) 'XVC' (f. 1).
Charles White, London barber-surgeon in 1532, written by Nicholas Browne: inscription 'compylyd y me Charles Whytte Cittezen and Barboure Cirurgyon of london And Wrytton by the hande of Nycholas Browne the vj daye of Januarij in the yeare of oure lorde god M.v.c.xxxij ti and in the xxxiiij th yere of the Reygne of Kynge Henrye the viii th . . .' (f. 271v).
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 f. 209 is an inserted paper half- leaf with receipts.
Select bibliography Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Sloanianae(Manuscripts 1-1091), ([London: British Museum], no date), no. 776.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), no. 926.

Peter Murray Jones, ‘“Sicut hic depingitur . . . ”: John of Arderne and English Medical Illustration in the 14th and 15th Centuries’, in Die Kunst und das Studium der Natur vom 14. zum 16. Jahrhundert, ed. by Wolfram Prinz and Andreas Beyer (Cologne: Acta humaniora, 1987), pp. 103-126 (pp. 121-122, fig. 12).

Peter Murray Jones, ‘Four Middle English Translation of John of Arderne’, in Latin and Vernacular: Studies in Late-Medieval Texts and Manuscripts, ed. by A. J. Minnis, York Manuscripts Conferences: Proceedings Series, I (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1989), pp. 61-89 (pp. 65 n. 14, 70).

Peter Murray Jones, 'British Library MS Sloane 76: A Translator's Holograph', in Medieval Book Production: Assessing the Evidence, ed. by Linda l. Brownrigg, Proceedings of the Second Conference of The Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500, Oxford, July 1998 (Los Altos Hills, California: Anderson-Lovelace, 1990), pp. 21-39 (p. 39 n. 18).

Peter Murray Jones, ‘Staying with the Programme: Illustrated Manuscripts of John of Arderne, c. 1380-c. 1550’, in Decoration and Illustration in Medieval English Manuscripts, English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, 10 (London: British Library, 2002), pp. 204-27 (pp. 211-13, pls 2-3).


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