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Detailed record for Sloane 1315

Title Medical compilation, including a calendar (ff. 17-22v); The Seven Planets (ff. 3-36v); Homo signorum (ff. 68-69); a leechbook, 'The Thyrtty Days of the Mone', in verse (ff. 49-64v); a dietary (ff. 30v-32)
Origin England, S. E. (Somerset?)
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language English and some Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large and small simple initials in red or brown, some with penwork decoration. Drawings, diagrams or tables in brown and/or red (ff. 25v, 26v-28v, 98v, 101v, 105, 109, 110, 110v). Cadels, some with red penwork decoration. Line-fillers in red and/or brown.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 145 (145 x 95/110)
Official foliation ff. 151 ( + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Marbled endpapers.
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 Taavitsainen localises the manuscript to east or southeast Somerst near the Dorset border, and dates it to the period 1440-1480 (see Taavitsainen 1988).
f. 1 has three paper fragments pasted onto a modern paper leaf.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 1091-1598 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, 1873), no. 1315 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

Agnus Castus: A Middle English Herbal Reconstructed from Various Manuscripts, ed. with introduction by Gösta Brodin, Essays and Studies on English Language and Literature, 6 (Upsala: Lundequistska Bokhandeln, 1950), pp. 89, 104-6.

W. L. Braekman, Studies on Alchemy, Diet, Medecine [sic] and Prognostication in Middle English, Scripta, Mediaeval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 22 (Brussels: Scripta, 1986), p. 58 n. 1.

Irma Taavitsainen, 'The Identification of Middle English Lunary MSS', Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, 88 (1987), 18-26 (pp. 22, 26).

Peter Brown, 'The Seven Planets', in Popular and Practical Science of Medieval England, ed. by Lister M. Matheson, Medieval Texts and Studies, 11 (East Lansing: Colleagues Press, 1994), pp. 3-21 (esp. p.p. 5-6) [with additional bibliography].

Linne R. Mooney, 'Diet and Bloodletting: A Monthly Regimen', in Popular and Practical Science of Medieval England, ed. by Lister M. Matheson, Medieval Texts and Studies, 11 (East Lansing: Colleagues Press, 1994), pp.235-61 (p. 248).

Irma Taavitsainen, 'A Zodiacal Lunary for Medical Professionals', in Popular and Practical Science of Medieval England, ed. by Lister M. Matheson, Medieval Texts and Studies, 11 (East Lansing: Colleagues Press, 1994), pp. 283-300 (p. 298).


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