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

MS. Digby 197

Summary Catalogue no.: 1798

Medicine (Salernitan texts, etc.); England, 13th century, beginning

Contents

Language(s): Latin, with notes in English (15th century) throughout

1. (fol. 1)
Johannes de Sancto Paulo, Flores dietarum
Incipit: Corpus hominis ex quatuor constat hu⟨moribus⟩
Explicit: et omnem putredinem mundificat et ventrem solvit, et ita Explicit

eTK 0269A

2. (fol. 4v)
Matthaeus Platearius (?), De simplicibus medicinae
Incipit: Circa instans negocium in simplicibus medicinis nostrum versatur propositum

eTK 0211C

3. (fol. 34)
Matthaeus Platearius (?), Commentary on Antidotarium Nicholai
Incipit: Liber iste quem in presenciarum legendum assumpsimus

Ends in Yera Ruffini, due to loss of a leaf.

eTK 0821H

4. (fol. 57)
'Ferrarius Salernitanus', Febres
Incipit: Febris, ut testatur Jo⟨annitius⟩, est calor innaturalis
Explicit: in qua bulierint ar. dragma (?) liquir. et succua ejus
Final rubric: Expliciunt febres M. Ferrarii feliciter

eTK 0553B, 0553C. Pr. P. Giacosa, Magistri Salernitani nondum editi (1901), 1-64. Attributed in other manuscripts to Gilbertus Anglicus.

5. (fol. 69)
Gerard of Montpellier (?), De modo medendi (extract)
Rubric: Liber de catarticis dandis
Incipit: Cum omnis sciencia ex fine et utilitate sua naturaliter sit appetenda
Explicit: De laxativis hec sufficiant medicinis. Explicit

eTK 0327K, also attributed to Gerard of Cremona; Watson's identification (eTK 0327I) is incorrect.

6. (fol. 83r-v)
De anatomia
Incipit: Sicut asserit Galienus duplex est anathomia, vivorum scil. et mortuorum

eTK 1480J

(fol. 84r-v)
Phlebotomy
Incipit: Inquisitiones venarum sunt multe

eTK 0746I

(fol. 84v)
Recipe
Rubric: Aqua imperialis contra pestilenciam

Added, 15th century. Not in eTK.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Radix
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 2 (medieval endleaves) + 84 + 1 (medieval endleaf) + ii leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 300 × 205 mm.
Foliation: i-iv, 1-87 (fols. i-iv, 86-7 foliated July 2022)

Layout

2 cols., 39 lines; written above top line; ruled space 220 × 155 mm.

Decoration

Penwork.

Binding

Standard binding of the Digby collection.

History

Origin: 13th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Burgeis', fol. 1; pen-trials, fol. 85r.

Thomas Allen, MS. 18 in folio; Digby/Allen inventory A.16.

Kenelm Digby, 1603–1665

Donated to the Bodleian, 1634.

Record Sources

Description adapted by Matthew Holford (July 2022) from the following sources, with reference to other published literature as cited.
Quarto Catalogue (W. D. Macray, Bodleian Library Quarto Catalogues IX: Digby Manuscripts (1883), repr. with addenda by R. W. Hunt and A. G. Watson, 1999)
B. Barker-Benfield, concordance and addenda to Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (1974)

Last Substantive Revision

2022-07: Description revised to include all information in Quarto catalogue.