Medical and astrological treatises and notes, Made up of five MSS. Written chiefly late in the 15th century
Medical and astrological treatises and notes:
Fol. 3. 'Here begynnith the boke of Astronomy & of philosphye, contryved & ymade of the wyse philosofers & astronomyers ... off the land of Grese ... an Englyschman ... compiled this boke owte of Gryse in to Englysch graciously': beg. 'Fyrst the boke tellyth': at end 'Here endyth the boke of Ypocras [Hippocrates] of Lyfe on Deth ...':
- Imperfect through loss of two gatherings after fol. 18
- At fol. 21v, as at fols. 28v, 34v, 37, 82v, 103, 112av, 113v, 130v, are medical recipes in English
- The name of one recipe-maker 'Radulphus Holond' is on fol. 25
- At fol. 25 is an English verse treatise on blood-letting, which beg. 'Maistres ye that vsen blode lettynge'
Fol. 27. A treatise on impostumes or abscesses (beg. 'It ys to wete at beginnynge'), preceded by some astrological notes.
Fol. 37. A large number of medicinal recipes, in English.
Fol. 84. 'Sinonoma secundum alphabetum probata', a Latin-English vocabulary of herbs: preceded by some recipes supposed to .have been given by Christ to 'tres boni fratres' journeying to mount Olivet: the vocabulary beg. 'Arthemesia mater herbarum ... anglice mugworte'. The name 'de | nyle', = de Nele (?), seems to indicate a scribe's name, on fol. 98. At fol. 98v begin some 'carmina' or magic formulae, at fol. 104 notes on kinds of water, etc., cp. fol. 22v.
Fol. 107. Short treatises on urines: beg. 'Now after the coloure'. The scribe of part D may be Eld (foll. 106 v, 112a).
Fol. 116. A treatise on the virtue of herbs: imperfect and bound in confused order: beg. 'Here a man maye see'.
- Creation: Made up of five MSS. Written chiefly late in the 15th century
Language of Materials
MS. Selden Supra 73
Old Selden mark = 73
Other Finding Aids
Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 3461
Manuscript 3476 acquired by the Bodleian Library
On paper, some leaves are torn and worn
8 1/2 × 6 5/8 in.