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Detailed record for Sloane 282

Title Astrological-medical miscellany, including John Somer's Kalendarium followed by tables of solar and lunar eclipses; the Secretum secretorum; a treatise by Rasis on complexions (f. 72v)
Origin England
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 full-page diagram in brown, red, and green (f. 18). 1 large initial in colours with foliate decoration on a gold ground (f. 173v). Large or small initials in gold on pink and blue grounds with sprays (f. 5, 19v, 47, 52, 58, 72v, 81, 114v, 118v, 123, 125, 155, 159v, 163, 174v, 175, 175v, 176, 176v, 181v, 185, 186v, 188, 188v, 189v, 190v, 192, 197v, 206v, 210v, 213, 225, 229v). 1 large puzzle initial in red and blue with red pen-flourishing (f. 17). Large initial in gold (f. 37). 1 large initial in blue on a pink and red ground (f. 88). Large initials in blue, many with red penwork decoration, or in red. Small initials in blue or red. Paraphs in red or blue. Highlighting of letters in red. Tables in brown and red or blue. Marginal drawings in brown of urine glasses (ff. 21v-30; 47v-48). Drawings of eclipses (ff. 15v-16v). Guide letters.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 180 (200 x 120)
Official foliation ff. 239 + 96* + 2 unfoliated parchment leaves after f. 17 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end)
Collation Mainly gatherings of 8.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1972.
Provenance Inscription 'Ex Bibl. P. de Cardonnel (?). MDCL' (f. 5).; for a similar inscription ( 'Ex Bibl. Petr. de Cardonnel (?). MDCL') see Sloane 213 (f. 5).
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 ff. 1-4v and 237-239v are parchment flyleaves with text in Gothic or Gothic cursive script.
Tables with the dates 1409-1462 (ff. 14v, 15). Somer's tables for eclipses in the period 1387-1462 for the meridian of Oxford were composed in 1380, but the dated covered were sometimes changed: see Thorndike.
Select bibliography Karl Sudhoff, Beiträge zur Geschichte der Chirurgie im Mittelalter: Graphische und textliche Untersuchungen in mittelalterlichen Handschriften, 2 vols (Leipzig: Barth, 1914-1918), I, Studien zur Geschichte der Medizin, 10, pp. 208, fig. 26.

Hardin Craig, The Works of John Metham, including The Romance of Amoryus and Cleopes, Early English Text Society, Original Series, 132 (London: Early English Text Society, 1916), pp. xxx n. 3, xxxiii.

Secretum Secretorum, ed. by Robert Steele and A. S. Fulton, Opera hactenus inedita Roberi Baconi, 5 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1920), p. xxviii.

Lynn Thorndike, ‘Eclipses in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries’, Isis, 48 (1957), 51-57 (pp. 52, 53, 54).

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. 74.

François Avril, La technique de l’enluminure d’apres les texts medievaux: Essai de bibliographie, Reunion du Comite de l’Icom pour les laboratories de musees et du sous-comite de l’Icom pour le traitement de peintures, Bruxelles 1967 (Paris: Bibliotheque nationale Cabinet des manuscrits, n. d.), p. 20.

Sophie Page, Astrology in Medieval Manuscript (London: British Library, 2002), pp. 52-53, pl. 42.

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Microcosmic man

f. 18
Microcosmic man
Illuminated initial

f. 181v
Illuminated initial

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