A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Bodl. 869

Summary Catalogue no.: 2754


Valescus de Taranta, Practica alias Philonium
Rubric: Practica Valesci de Tharanta quæ alias Philonium dicitur, libriquatuor ex viiem
Incipit: Incipere ab eo quod est bonum

Four books of a manual of medicine, with lists of chapters and a preface. The text begins 'Primo sciendum est quod multa'

The work was composed in 1418, as the preface states

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 5 + cccxl leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11.375 × 8.625 in.


Fols i, xii are parchment


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander i. 760

Good initials


'T.T⟨rapham⟩ is on the leather binding.


Origin: 15th century, second half ; France

Provenance and Acquisition

'Ex dono Thomæ Trapham chirurgi licenciati Oxon: qui etiam skeleton publicum paravit in vsum Academiæ anno Domini 1634'

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-03-23: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)