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Detailed record for Sloane 249

Author adapted from Gilbertus Anglicus
Title A gynecological text , imperfect, including the Sekenesse of Wymmen
Origin England
Date 15th century
Language English
Script Gothic hybird
Decoration Unilluminated, except for illustrations of fetal positions within the womb in ink and colours in red wash medallions (ff. 196v-197v).
Dimensions in mm ff. 285 x 200 (230 x 155)
Official foliation ff. 1-269v ( + unfoliated paper flyleaves)
Form Paper codex
Binding BL/BM in-house. Rebound in 1985)
Provenance Inscribed 'Jo. Wotton M. D. . . .'; 'Jo: Wotton M.D'; 'Dr. Wottonn's physick' (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 The remainder of the volume is an unilluminated medical miscellany.
Select bibliography Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Sloanianae(Manuscripts 1-1091), ([London: British Museum], no date), no. 249.

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. 72.

Medieval Woman's Guide to Health: The First English Gynecological Handbook, trans. with introduction by Beryl Rowland (London: Croom Helm, 1981), pp. 26, 41, 47-8.

Peter Murray Jones, Medieval Medical Miniatures (London: British Library, 1984), p. 59, fig. 19.

Peter Murray Jones, Medieval Medicine in Illuminated Manuscripts, 2nd edn (London: British Library, 1998; first publ. as Medieval Medical Miniatures, 1984), p. 40, fig. 29.

Monica H. Green, 'Masses in Remembrance of ‘Seynt Susanne’: A Fifteenth-Century Spiritual Regimen' Notes & Queries, 50 ( 2003), 380-84.

Monica H. Green, ‘Obstetrical and Gynaecological Texts in Middle English’, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 14 (1992), 53-88 (pp. 53 n. 2, 59, 62, 81-82).

Peter Murray Jones, ‘Image, Word, and Medicine in the Middle Ages’, in Visualising Medieval Medicine and Natural History, 1200-1550, ed. by Jean A. Givens, Karen M. Reeds, and Alain Touwaide, AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art, 5 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 1-24 (p. 3, fig. 1.1).

Kathryn A. Smith, ‘Found in Translation: Images Visionary and Visceral in the Welles-Ros Bible’, Gesta 59: 2 (2020), 91-130 (p. 125, n. 164).

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