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Detailed record for Sloane 475

Part 1 ff. 1-124 
Title Medical treatises, divided into 5 books, including Remius Fauinus; Carmen de ponderibus et mensuris; receipts; and charms
Origin France or England?
Date 1st quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Small initials in brown, some with penwork decoration and highlighting in red and/or blue, one with a face (f. 74v).
Dimensions in mm 150 x 105 (130 x 75)
 
Part 2 ff. 125-231 
Title Medical texts, incomplete, including Isidore, De quattuor humoribus (Etymologiae book IV, 5); Galen, Epistola de febribus; recipes; glosses; and a treatise on urine
Origin England
Date last quarter of the 11th century or 1st quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Large initials in red, green, or brown, some with penwork decoration. Highlighting of letters or words in yellow or red.
Dimensions in mm 150 x 105 (130 x 70)
 
Official foliation ff. 231 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1971.
Provenance Added 14th-century text (ff. 209v-210v).
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.
Select bibliography Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Sloanianae(Manuscripts 1-1091), ([London: British Museum], no date), no. 475.

Lynn Thorndike, A History of Magic and Experimental Science, 6 vols (London: Macmillan, 1923-1941), I, 723-26.

M. L. Camerson, 'The Sources of Medical Knowledge in Anglo-Saxon England', Anglo Saxon England, 11 (1983), p. 144.

Tony Hunt, Popular Medicine in Thirteenth-Century England: Introduction and Texts (Woodbridge: Brewer, 1990), p. 82.

Richard Gameson, The Manuscripts of Early Norman England (c. 1066-1130) (Oxford: University Press, 1999) p. 121 nos 566, 567.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 498.1 (ff. 125-231).

Philip G. Rusche, 'Sources for Plant Names in Anglo-Saxon England and the Laud Herbal Glossary' in Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden, ed. by Peter Dendle and Alain Touwaide (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2008), pp. 128-44 (pp. 137-38).


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Part  1   ff. 1-124
Medical treatises, divided into 5 books, including Remius Fauinus; Carmen de ponderibus et mensuris; receipts; and charms
* * *
 
Decorated initials

ff. 74v-75
Decorated initials

Part  2   ff. 125-231
Medical texts, incomplete, including Isidore, De quattuor humoribus (Etymologiae book IV, 5); Galen, Epistola de febribus; recipes; glosses; and a treatise on urine
* * *
 
Decorated initials

ff. 158v-159
Decorated initials

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