St John's College MS. 68
Aldobrandino of Siena, Le Regime du corps; Brunetto Latini excerpts
Language(s): Middle French
The work more usually called Le regime du corps, ed. Louis Landouzy and Roger Pepin (Paris, 1911), here reorganized into three parts, abbreviated, and paraphrased, but corresponding to ed. 4–202. There are only five text lines and an explicit in fol. 69va; the second column is blank, as is also fol. 70rv (the recto is bounded and ruled, the verso bounded only). We are grateful to Tony Hunt for suggesting an identification of this text.
1.145–50, 184, paraphrased, ed. Francis J. Carmody (Berkeley, Calif., 1948), 136–41, 161–2. The join between the two sets of chapters (fol. 74vb) treats the second—'De la nature du chien et da sa propriete’—as if it were a separate text, but the final rubric clearly considers them together. There are only seven lines and an explicit in fol. 76ra; the remainder of the page and the entire verso are blank but bounded and ruled.
In double columns, each column 178 × 56–7 mm. , with 13 mm between columns, in 27 lines to the column. Prickings occasionally show on the leading edges (pinholes around the margin of fols. 20–4); bounded and ruled in reddish ink.
Written in French bastard secretary (lettre bâtarde). Punctuation by point only.
Headings in red, 2-line champes at chapter heads.
Text 2 introduced by a 4-line champe with bud sprays.
Contents tables preceding each book of item 1 introduced by 3-line champes; individual entries preceded by 1-line lombards, alternating gold on black flourishing and blue on red flourishing.
On fol. 1ra an illumination, two doctors consulting in a columned portico, with a full vine and leaf border, primarily in blue and gold, with strawberries, roses, etc., and a 4-line blue and violet champe capital with vine and leaf design on gold leaf.
AT, no. 811 (81), associate the book with 'the style of Willem Vrelant' (Bruges) and plate liii (fol. 1ra); they also cite his work from Lincoln College, MS Lat. 149; and Keble College MS 46 (nos. 812 and 813, ibid.).
Brown leather over millboards, s. xvii, lozenge stamp in the centre of both boards. Sewn on six thongs. ‘68’ in black ink on a paper lozenge in the upper spine compartment, on the leading edges in black ink between two parts of a vertical inscription, ‘Regimen Sanit’. No pastedowns, a College bookplate inside the upper board. At the front, fol. i is a strip of medieval vellum, followed by two modern paper flyleaves and a medieval vellum flyleaf; at the rear, two medieval vellum flyleaves, two modern paper flyleaves, and a companion strip of medieval vellum (fols. v–ix).
The outermost full vellum leaves appear to have been paste-downs in an earlier binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
An old shelfmark ‘Abac: ij. N. 64’ (inside upper board).
‘Liber Collegii Divi Joannis Baptistae Oxon’ ex dono Domini Georgij Bate Medicinae Doctoris ex Aula Sancti Edmundi’ (fol. 2, upper margin). Alexander and Temple say he was physician to Charles II and d. 1669; noted in the Benefactors’ Book.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-07: First online publication