St John's College MS. 76
William of Parma, Chirurgia
Language(s): Latin with some added material in Middle English and Anglo-Norman
the prologue cited eTK 1141H; ed. Summa conservationis et curationis, Hain 14144, BMC 7:1071 (Piacenza, 25 May 1476). The three leaves at the head (fols. 11–13) are a quire for front matter: fol. ii is blank, the verso bounded and ruled in double columns, as are the subsequent fols. 12ra–13vb, with a contents table for the work. Half of fol. 108v, as well as fol. 109rv, were originally blank.
The book has been compiled to serve as a practitioner’s handbook. Typically, the rules run to the page edge, to facilitate adding personal observations and other relevant materials, an opportunity accepted by a variety of later hands (as also on the added folios in both the front and rear). A few of the notes are in French, and English plant-names appear on fols. 95v, 99v, and 101v.
Discounting leaves associated with the modern rebinding, fourteen vellum leaves have been added at the ends of the book, ten (fols. 1–10) at the front and four (fols. 110–13) at the rear. Of these, fols. 1 and 113 have been used as pastedowns in an earlier binding. At the front, fols. 3–10 are a quire of eight, with fol. 2 a single; fols. 110–13 at the end are a quire of four. The texts here include:
medical notes, in the main recipes, in Latin and English (only one brief bit of French in the first section). Added in a variety of hands, s. xv; the English items described OT 85–6.
A series of petitions. This item and the next two in gothic textura semiquadrata, s. xv ex.
followed by the Paternoster, Ave, and Creed.
Assorted biblical quotations and hymns.
In long lines, 40 to the page. Prickings in early portions; bounded and ruled in black ink.
Written in gothic textura rotunda. Punctuation by point and occasional punctus elevatus.
Headings in text ink underlined in red.
At initia, 2-line blue lombards on red flourishing; alternate red and blue paraphs to break up the text.
Running titles, ‘Liber’ and the appropriate number across the opening in blue and red.
See AT, no. 307 (31) and plate xxii (fol. 8).
A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf and two modern paper flyleaves (i–iii); at the rear, two modern paper flyleaves and another marbled leaf (iv–vi).
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Iohannes Wryghtson’ (fol. 4v, s. xv/xvi); ‘Thys boke ys on crystys curs ys anodyr | he that stellyth the ton y pray goed send hym ƿe todyr | quod Iohannes Wryghtson’ (fol. 5v).
The old shelfmarks ‘2/m’, ‘D.12’, ‘Abac: ij N. 71’ (cancelled) and ‘76’ (fol. iv).
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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