MS. Radcliffe Trust e. 4
Summary Catalogue no.: New Summary Catalogue 51843
Medical recipes and a charm
Fol. 3v breaks off in mid-recipe and a new hand begins a new recipe at fol. 4r, suggesting the loss of at least one central bifolium.
Last recipe for a specified complaint:
Followed by two non-specific recipes, but possibly also for that complaint, of which the second:
For the appearance of the same title with various similar but fluid collections of recipes, see M. S. Ogden, ed., The 'Liber de Diversis Medicinis' in the Thornton manuscript, E.E.T.S. Orig. Ser. 207 (London, 1938 for 1936), pp. xxxiv-v.
36-42 long lines, traces of hard point ruling for vertical bounding lines only
Two cursive hands, fols. 1-3v, 4-5v
Marbled paper covers and parchment spine (from a reused document), perhaps 18th-century English, but the whole binding was completely reworked in the 20th century; lettering stamped down spine, probably 20th century, 'MEDICINE'.
Provenance and Acquisition
Scribbles, 16th century, by one hand, fol. 5v, including the name 'John'.
Clipping from a mid 19th century English bookseller's catalogue, fol. 1r, advertisting the MS. as item 585 at 3s. 6d., with Rodd 4/11 41 pencilled alongside (presumably Thomas Rodd's catalogue of 1841, cf. MSS. Radcliffe Trust e.30 [item 584] and others).
Radcliffe shelf-mark 'G.161.E.19' (front pastedown)
Transferred from the Radcliffe Science Library, 1928