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Detailed record for Harley 3812

Title Physician's folding almanac, including a calendar (ff. [1]-[4])
Origin England
Date c. 1463
Language English and Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Bloodletting man (f. [5v]). Tables partly written in red.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 180 (140 x 50 when folded)
Official foliation Unfoliated
Form Parchment folded separate leaves
Binding Folded leaves sewn together in a tab at the lower edges.
Provenance Thomas Palmer, 17th century: his inscription (f. [3v]).
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, ne 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 An English portable physician's folding almanac with calendrical and computus information. One of 29 English folding almanacs, of which 10 are in the British Library: see Carey 2003.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3812.

Harry Bober, 'The Zodiacal Miniature of the Trs Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry: its Sources and Meaning', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 11 (1948), 1-34 (p. 26 n. 6).

Broxbourne Library, Styles and Designs of Bookbindings from the Twelfth to the Twentieth Centuries, selected and described by Howard M. Nixon, with and introduction by Albert Ehrman (London: Maggs Brothers, 1956), p. 9 n. 3.

Loren MacKinney and Thomas Herndon, Medical Illustrations in Medieval Manuscripts, Wellcome Historical Medical Library, New Series, 5 (London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1965), p. 138, no. 86.46.

Laurel Means, 'For as moche as yche man may not haue e astrolabe: Popular Middle English Variations on the Computus', Speculum, 67 (1992), 595-623 (p. 600 n. 24).

Hilary M. Carey, 'What is the Folded Almanac? The Form and Function of a Key Manuscript Source for Astro-medical Practice in Later Medieval England', Social History of Medicine, 16 (2003), 481-509 (pp. 488 n. 41, 506 no. 11, 508 no. 11).

Pamela Robinson, 'A 'very curious Almanack': the gift of Sir Robert Moray FRS, 1668', Notes & Records of the Royal Society, 62 (2008), 301-14 (p. 308).

Catalogued for the Harley Medical Manuscripts Project [http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/manuscripts/INDEX.asp], accessed 4 February 2009.


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Folded physician's almanac


Folded physician's almanac
Physician's folding almanac

January and February, f. [1]
Physician's folding almanac
Bloodletting man

f. [5]
Bloodletting man
 
Tables and bloodletting man

f. [5]
Tables and bloodletting man

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