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Detailed record for Royal 17 B XLVIII

Title Medical recipes and charms
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language English, French and Latin
Script Gothic hybrid
Decoration Circular ink diagrams (f. 1). Initials in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 200 x 140 (140 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 27 (ff. 23-27 are paper leaves + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + 55 paper leaves and 5 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1970.
Provenance On f. 21 is the colophon 'Amen quod I. ff. [] qui scripsit hoc (sic) librum apud Croydon'. Following this are several recipes in a misture of English and a Germanic language, possibly Flemish (f. 21r-v).
Rychard Hakem, his name on a fragment attached to f. 1.
John Theyer (bap. 1598, d. 1673), antiquary, his monogram on f. 2 but not identified in the catalogues of his collection.
Charles II (b. 1630, d.1685), king of England, Scotland, and Ireland: probably purchased together with other 311 manuscripts from Theyer's library, although it is not in the sale catalogue..
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes ff. 23-27 are paper leaves from another manuscript containing recipes in a cursive script.
Bound with British Library, Royal 17 B XLIX and Royal 17 B L.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, pp. 238-39.

Sophie Page, Magic in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2004), p. 33, pl. 33.


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