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Medical recipes, charms, and veterinary lore relating to horses, Written in various hands of the late 15th century

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MS. Wood empt. 18

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Medical recipes, charms, and veterinary lore relating to horses, of which the more important are:
  1. Fol. 1. Medical recipes followed by a description of the qualities of each month, a cabbalistic incantation (fol. 9), and prayers for travellers
  2. Fol. 12. 'Here comes a tretis of oyles and of wateres medsinabil'
  3. Fol. 30. Charms for detecting thefts, and love potions, followed by (fol. 36) further medical recipes
  4. Fol. 57. 'X vertewes of treacle', 'To make a whyte spott on a blake hors' (fol. 58), the properties of a good horse (fol. 60)
  5. Fol. 61. 'Here begynnethe alle manere of medesyne for an hors of whatt manere of grevance that he hath', ending at fol. 79 with 'explicit per Sothebe', and followed by 'the best season to putt a horse to the mare' (fol. 81)
  6. Fol. 82. 'The booke of merschelsy here hit schalle begyn', with a verse prologue of 14 lines, beg. 'Yff you have stede foles to kepe', and (fol. 112v) further recipes

Dates

  • Written in various hands of the late 15th century

Extent

127 Leaves

Language of Materials

English

Shelfmark

MS. Wood empt. 18

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. 8606

Physical Facet

On paper

Dimensions

6 1/5 × 4 3/10 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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