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Astrological and medical compilation, end of the 15th century.

Astrological and medical compilation, end of the 15th century.

- Date: 1485-1499 - Call Number: mssHM 64
- Physical Description: 196 leaves : paper ; 307 x 215 (227 x 180) mm.

- Notes: Ms. codex. Compilation of several astrological and medical works, including a calendar, astronomical and astrological tables, medical recipes and charms. Title from printed catalogue. Paper, i + 196 + i; 1²⁴ (as suggested by paired presence and absence of watermarks, - the first 2 leaves and the last leaf, after f. 29; + an inserted gathering of 8 leaves, ff. 18-25) 2²⁶(-10 after f. 38) 3²² 4-8²⁴. 2 catchwords only, at the end of quire 2 (f. 54v) and quire 8 (f. 196v), both enclosed in red frames. 2 columns of 32-37 lines, except on ff. 34v-47v (arts. 21, 22) with long lines, and ff. 72v-79 (art. 30) in verse. Ruled in lead; round prick marks in the 3 outer margins. Contemporary foliation shows loss of one leaf after f. 29 and after the present f. 38, both with loss of text; the foliation apparently skipped the numbers 44 and 88, as text and quire structure run continuously. Written in England towards the end of the fifteenth century; computistic cycles in the calendar are dated 1480 and 1520; some of the feasts in the liturgical calendar were instituted in 1480 (Visitation, Frideswide, Etheldreda); the feast of the Transfiguration was instituted in England in 1487; on f. 72 is a mention of Henry VII, showing that part of the text to be written in 1485 or later. Written in a mixed, predominantly secretary script; rubrics usually in a textura formata script; occasional words written in cipher (e.g. ff. 50, 102v, 111, 143, 163). Illustrations in ink, with hair tinted yellow, of a Vein Man (f. 8v) and 2 Zodiac Men (ff. 12v, 14); urine bottles, not colored in, on ff. 39-47v; diagrams, charts, tables and astrological signs in ink of the text, in red and in yellow wash. 4- to 1-line initials, usually in red only, some in red with crude ink flourishing, some also with a yellow wash (through f. 17); 1-line initials in the text slashed in red; red paragraph marks and some red rubrics. Binding: bound in 1971 in polished calf; previous binding, in 18th century English calf. - Subjects: Astrology -- Early works to 1800 / Medicine -- Early works to 1800. - Form/Genre: Manuscripts England 15th century. (aat) - Contributor: John XXI, Pope, -1277 / Johannes Paulinus / Galen / Joannes Jacobi, -1384 / Hippocrates.
- Thanks to Ora Clavis.






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