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Medical pieces

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MS. Add. C. 246
Held at the Weston Library

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Medical pieces, an imperfect volume, containing the following papers:

  1. (fols. 1, 3v, 35, 40, 59, 74, 87, 93, 104, 106). Medical receipts, partly relating to diet; cf. fol. 100v.
  2. (fols. 33v, 105). A few receipts connected with the work of an engraver and illuminator.
  3. (fol. 36v). 'Stillaciones aquarum ett virtutes earum. Hearre ytt tretythe of certeyne waters ...', also of conserves and cookery: cf. fols. 87, 92v.
  4. (fol. 47v, 93). '... Of vrynes.'
  5. (fols. 49, 61, 94v). Herbals, the first ('Nomina herbarum') in Latin: the last 'that Ipocras made in hys olde age': cf. 105v.
  6. (fol. 58v). 'To knowe when the moowne shall change ... '
  7. (fols. 59v, 72, 73). Prognostications of weather, etc., the first set bearing the title 'the vii yereynges of Ezechyell the profette', the last from 'Sturgis booke of Clypsum' (Clipsham or Clipston ?), with curious drawings.

(fol. 91) is almost completely torn out.

A rather later entry (in the scribe's hand) connecting the volume with East Farndon in Northants is at fol. 2v, and 'Per me White gill' (fol. 71v), 'quod G.' (fol. 72) perhaps give the name of the scribe.


  • Creation: written about the second quarter of the 16th century


107 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. C. 246, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Add. C. 246

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19878


Medical pieces, written about the second quarter of the 16th century.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown

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. V, no. 29434.

Custodial History

Part of a 17th century envelope addressed to 'Samuel Cater Esq., att Harold', is at fol. 53. In the Zachary Grey part of lot 3197.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought at the Percy sale, April 29, 1884 (part of lot 176).

Physical Facet

On paper, imperfect at beginning and perhaps at end, and injured


12 3/8 × 8 5/8 in.

Medical pieces
EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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