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Detailed record for Harley 5425

Author Galen and Haly
Title Commentaries on the Ars medicine , and other medical texts
Origin France
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration Initials in blue or red with pen-flourishing. Paraphs in blue or red. Rubrics in red. Marginal pen sketches of human faces or profiles (ff. 5, 11, 28, 34, 35v).
Dimensions in mm 235 x 160 (140 x 95) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 1* + 174 (1* and 1 are the original upper flyleaves; + 2 early modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end).
Collation Gatherings mainly of 8, with horizontal catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 'Harleian' binding of mottled brown leather with gilt-tooled spine over pasteboards.
Provenance The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts.
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes Annotated by medieval readers.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5425.

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries, 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), p. 187.

Cornelius O'Boyle, The Art of Medicine. Medical Teaching at the University of Paris, 1250-1400, Education and Society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 9 (Leiden: Brill, 1998), pp. 132 n. 14, 237 n. 10.

Cornelius O'Boyle, Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Copies of the Ars Medicine: A Checklist and Contents Descriptions of the Manuscripts, Articella Studies, 1 (Cambridge: University of Cambridge, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 1998), pp. 107-8.

Catalogued for the Harley Medical Manuscripts Project [], accessed 13 January 2009.

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