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Detailed record for Sloane 335

Author John Arderne
Title Medical miscellany, including Liber medicinarum (ff. 1-78v)
Origin England
Date last quarter of the 14th or 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Full or nearly full-page drawings of surgical instruments and procedures, including Zodiac man, plants, or diagrams in brown and red, some of the plants also with yellow or green washes (f. 79) (ff. 44v-45, 48-48v, 79-82v). Large and small initials in red. Paraphs in red. Highlighting of letters in red. Line-fillers in red. Marginal drawings of body parts, people and objects, animals, shields, and plants in brown and/or red, one also with green (f. 5v).
Dimensions in mm 250 x 150 (190 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 87 ( + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance 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 Barker notes that this manuscript has the identical text as Add. 29301.
Select bibliography Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Sloanianae(Manuscripts 1-1091), ([London: British Museum], no date), no. 335.

Treatises of Fistula in Ano: Haemorrhoids, and Clysters by John Arderne, ed. by D'Arcy Power, Early English Text Society, Original Series, 139 (London: Early English Text Society, 1910), p. xxxiv.

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. 75.

Peter Murray Jones, ‘“Sicut hic depingitur . . . ”: John of Arderne and English medical illustration in the 14th and 15th centuries’, in Die Kunst und das Studium der Natur vom 14. zum 16. Jahrhundert, ed. by Wolfram Prinz and Andreas Beyer (Cologne: Acta humaniora, 1987), pp. 103-126 (p. 122, fig. 13).

Two East Anglian Pictur Books : A Facsimile of the Helmingham Herbal and Bestiary and Bodleian Ms. Ashmole 1504, ed. by Nicholas Barker (London: The Roxburghe Club, 1988), p. 9.

Kathleen L. Scott, ‘Design, Decoration and Illustration’, in Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), pp. 31-64 (p. 57 n. 28).

Peter Murray Jones, 'British Library MS Sloane 76: A Translator's Holograph', in Medieval Book Production: Assessing the Evidence, ed. by Linda l. Brownrigg, Proceedings of the Second Conference of The Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500, Oxford, July 1998 (Los Altos Hills, California: Anderson-Lovelace, 1990), pp. 21-39 (p. 39 n. 18).

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), II, 201-2.

Peter Murray Jones, ‘Staying with the Programme: Illustrated Manuscripts of John of Arderne, c. 1380-c. 1550’, in Decoration and Illustration in Medieval English Manuscripts, English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, 10 (London: British Library, 2002), pp. 204-27 (p. 226 n. 18).


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Plant

f. 3
Plant
Drawings

f. 3v
Drawings
Jester

f. 5v
Jester
 
Surgical procedure

f. 30
Surgical procedure
Bird

f. 70
Bird
Plant

f. 76v
Plant
 
Plants

ff. 81v-82
Plants

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