Ownership Inscriptions, in the 'Rosa Anglica'
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Containing a famous medical treatise and four tracts on urine (a key to medieval medical diagnosis and treatment), this manuscript was owned by All Souls College, in Oxford, which by the 15th century had become a leading centre of medical studies in Europe. The medical treatise, 'Rosa Anglica, or Practical Medicine From Head to Foot', which was written between 1304 and 1317, was the first English textbook of medicine.
Flyleaves and blank spaces at the beginning of manuscripts were often inscribed with the names of owners. Here, on the back of discarded page from a book of sermons which was used as a flyleaf in this manuscript, the note at the top says that it is a 'Book of All Souls College, Oxford.' In the lower right corner, the note records the name of the donor: "Walter Romesay [?] for whom it was written."