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Detailed record for Sloane 2463

Title Medical miscellany, including texts on anatomy (ff. 1-51v); various treatments of wounds, broken bones, and internal ruptures (ff. 53-152); recipes (ff. 154-193v); an amplified translation of the gynecological sections from Gilbertus Anglicus's Compendium medicine, ending imperfect (ff. 194-232)
Origin England
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Roundels of foetal presentations in colours on red grounds (ff. 217-218v). 1 3-sided border in colours and gold with foliate decoration and a large initial in colours on a gold ground (f. 2). 1 partial border in colours and gold with foliate decoration and a large initial in colours on a gold ground (f. 194). Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration, many in foliate forms, and pen-flourishing. Paraphs in red or blue. Line-fillers in red and blue.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 190 (185 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 234 ( + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end)
Collation i-xxix8 (ff. 2-233).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1972.
Provenance Richard Ferris, Master of the Barbers' and Surgeons' Company and Sergeant-Surgeon to Queen Elizabeth, in 1563: inscription ' . . . Richard ferris' (f. 1): bought by Feld for 48s and 4p: see Medieval Woman's Guide to Health: The First English Gynecological Handbook 1981 p. 46.
John Feld: see Medieval Woman's Guide to Health: The First English Gynecological Handbook 1981 p. 46.
Inscription: 'Perfecto libro/ february 27, 1585' (f. 193v) in the same hand as numerous marginal notes.
f. 233v has two receipes for jaundice in a 16th-century.
? John Allen (b. 1660?, d. 1741), physician: 18th-century inscription 'Geo (?) Alleyn' (f. 234v).
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 Lining of the text block in red.
ff. 1 and 234 are parchment flyleaves.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 2268-2496 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 2463 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

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. 91.

Medieval Woman's Guide to Health: The First English Gynecological Handbook, trans. with introduction by Beryl Rowland (London: Croom Helm, 1981), esp. pp. 7, 12-14, 20, 23-4, 26-8, 34, 39, 41-8 [this manscript translated].

Peter Murray Jones, Medieval Medical Miniatures (London: British Library, 1984), pp. 31-32, 53-54, fig. 20.

Healing and Society in Medieval England: A Middle English Translation of the Pharmaceutical Writings of Gilbertus Anglicus, ed. by Faye Marie Getz (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991), p. lxxi.

Monica H. Green, ‘Obstetrical and Gynaecological Texts in Middle English’, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 14 (1992), 53-88 (pp. 53, 61, 82).

Björn Wallner, An Interpolated Middle English Version of The Anatomy of Guy de Chauliac, 2 vols (Lund: Lund University Press, 1995-1996), Part 1: Text, Publications of the New Society of Letters at Lund, 87; Part II: Introduction, Notes, Glossary, Publications of the New Society of Letters at Lund, 89 [for an edition of the text].

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, 76.

Peter Murray Jones, Medieval Medicine in Illuminated Manuscripts, 2nd edn (London: British Library, 1998; first publ. as Medieval Medical Miniatures, 1984), pp. 26, 40, fig. 28.

Monica H. Green and Linne R. Mooney, 'The Sickness of Women', in Sex, Aging, and Death in a Medieval Medical Compendium: Trinity College Cambridge MS R.14.52, Its Texts, Language, and Scribe, ed. by M. Teresa Tavormina, Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 292, 2 vols. (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006), II, 455-568.

Peter Murray Jones, ‘Image, Word, and Medicine in the Middle Ages’, in Visualising Medieval Medicine and Natural History, 1200-1550, ed. by Jean A. Givens, Karen M. Reeds, and Alain Touwaide, AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art, 5 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 1-24 (p. 3 n. 6).


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Illuminated initial

f. 2
Illuminated initial
Foetal presentations

f. 217
Foetal presentations
Foetal presentations

f. 217v
Foetal presentations
 
Foetal presentations

f. 218
Foetal presentations
Foetal presentations

f. 218v
Foetal presentations

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