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MS 166: Composite manuscript containing sixteen texts by/attributed to Galen, late 13th century

Identifier: MS 166


Contains sixteen texts by/attributed to Galen, in two different hands.

ff. 1r-15v; 271r-274v:'De morbo et accidente'

ff. 15v-48r; 266v-271r: 'De Interioribus'

ff. 48r-75v: 'Megategni', 11th-century Latin translation by Constantinus Africanus

ff. 75v-92r: 'De Creticis Diebus'

ff. 92r-114v: 'De Crisibus', 12th-century translation by Gerard of Cremona

ff. 115r-125v: 'De elementis secundum Hippocratem', translated by Gerard of Cremona

ff. 125v-145r: 'De Complexionibus'

ff. 145r-190v: Books I-V of 'De Simplici medicina', the 12th-century Latin translation by Gerard of Cremona

ff. 190v-192r: 'De malicia complexionis diverse', the 12th-century Latin translation by Gerard of Cremona

ff. 192v-213r: 'De iuvamentis membrorum'

ff. 213r-241v: 'De ingenio sanitatis', Latin translation of Gerard of Cremona

ff. 241v-245r: 'De pulsibus ad tirones', translated by Marcus of Toledo

ff. 245r-248r: 'De usu Pulsuum', translation by Marcus of Toledo

ff. 248r-252v: 'De Motibus Difficilibus', translated by Marcus of Toledo

ff. 252v-253v: 'De Voce et anhelitu'

ff. 253v-266r: 'De Anathomia vivorum'

These texts will be described separately, under the folios and titles listed above.


Extremely well written in fine black ink on fine vellum by two scribes. One scribe wrote the first five texts, and a second scribe wrote the rest. There is rubrication, but some rubrics are not filled in. The marginal notes are mostly of the 14th century.


There are good decorative initials in blue, lake, and gold, and also blue and red filigree initials with saw pattern in the margins.


  • Creation: late 13th century


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

There are no definite marks, and from its appearance the book maybe either English or French. On f.1r there is a modern shelfmark, No. 22, and on the fly-leaf the number 693, and the price £2, 10s. in pencil.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Galeni Ouaedam.

Previous reference

D. b. II. II.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern

Collation: a8, b12-i12, k10, l12-z12, A4=274.


32.70 cm X 24.13 cm


Secundo folio: anno non

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 274, double columns, 47 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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