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Detailed record for Sloane 3550

Title Medical miscellany, including charms; three copies of the 'Lettre d'Hippocrate' (ff. 89v-91v; 217-219; 220-225)
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin, English, French
Script Gothic
Decoration Large puzzle initials in red and blue with red and blue penwork decoration, sometimes extending into a partial border (e.g., ff. 1, 22v, 41). Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration, or in red with blue penwork decoration. Large initials in red, brown or blue. Paraphs in red or blue. Line-fillers in blue. Highlighting of letters in red.
Dimensions in mm 170 x 125 (130 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 249 ( + 5 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BL/BM in-house. Rebound in 1981.
Provenance Texts in Latin and English added (ff. 2-4v, 250).
Former shelfmark (?) 'IX.B' (f. 1).
William Whitfeld: inscription 'Caroli Bernard Chir. Lond. ex dono Reverande Wil: Whitfeld. Ca: Nov: 1699' (f. 1v).
Charles Bernard (bap. 1652, d. 1710), surgeon in 1699 (see above-cited inscription); his library was auctioned at the Black Boy Coffee House on 22 March 1711 (see Ian Lyle, ‘Bernard, Charles (bap. 1652, d. 1710)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) [, accessed 22 Aug 2005].
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Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 3522-3674 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 3550 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

Tony Hunt, Popular Medicine in Thirteenth-Century England: Introduction and Texts (Woodbridge: Brewer, 1990), pp. 105 as 'Sd', 124, 136-40, 361 n. 129.

Margaret Laing, Catalogue of Sources for a Linguistic Atlas of Early Medieval English (Cambridge: Brewer, 1993), p. 106.

Monica H. Green, ‘A Handlist of the Latin and Vernacular manuscripts of the So-Called Trotula texts’, Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 50 (1996), 137-175 (no. 45).

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Text page

f. 28v
Text page
Puzzle initial

f. 29
Puzzle initial

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