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MS 21 (Medica)


This manuscript contains the widest range of material of any of our books, and so the descriptions below are necessarily brief. The texts date from the 13th to 15th centuries, and cover all aspects of medical knowledge, as well as other materials and recipes. Parts of this manuscript were used to produce the Bodleian's manuscript Ashmole 399.

Art 1 (ff.1-17v): Constantinus Africanus, De Stomacho (Ashmole 399, ff31r-49r))

Art 2 (ff.18-36v): The work of St John of Paul, as MS13, f.117 (Ashmole 399, 42r-46r)

Art 3 (37-48): Richardus Anglicus, De anathomia (MS15, Art 5. Ashmole 399, 27r-37v)

Art 4 (f.48): A work on the humours in 28 lines of verse

Art 5 (ff.49-60v): The work of Richardus Anglicus.

Art 6 (ff.61-75): The work of John of Toledo.

Art 7 (ff.75-8): Galen, De spermate (Ashmole 399, 26r-27r)

Art 8 (ff.78-9): Twelve 4-line stanzas beginning 'Vilis est materia de qua forma detur...'

Art 9 (ff.79v-95v): The work of Petrus Musandinus.

Art 10 (ff.96-7): A collection of emplastra and recipes.

Art 11 (98v-174): The work of Richardus Anglicus.

Art 12 (174v-175v): 55 lines of verse, beginning 'Decidit alloptiis lux fauea turget...'

Art 13 (ff.176-89): Trotula (Ashmole 399, ff. 21r-26r)

Art 14 (ff.189v-192): The beginning of Practica Archimathei, lacking the preface. (as Bodleian, Digby 79, ff.119)

Art 15 (ff.192-5): De urinarum scienciis tractaturi sumus.

Art 16 (ff. 195-199v): Various medical notes and verses. The first text, beginning 'Medicnia est quedam sciencia medicinalis' is known only from this manuscript.

Art 17 (ff.20-21): The work of Walter Agilon.

Art 18 (ff.221-225v): A regimen sanitatis

Art 19 (ff.226-7): Incipit ars medecinarum laxatiuarum

Art 20 (ff227-241v): Corpus hominis ex quatuor constat humoribus

Art 21 (ff.242-255v): The poem of Marbodus

Art 22 (ff.256-270v): Various recipes, experiments and lists of the magical properties of herbs and animals.

Art 23 (ff.271-278v): Recipes for colours, partially in code.