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MS 171: Livre de Phisique et Cirurgie, 15th century

Identifier: MS 171


This manuscript contains an anonymous book on medicine and surgery written in Middle French in the 15th century, in which we find common topics of medieval medicine such as astrological medicine and the theory of humours. Five folios are missing: ff. I, XXXII, XXXIII (according to the original foliation) and two folios of the index at the end.


Text: starts imperfectly on f. 1r with the following words: et selon le gardiment du signe qui sera en celle planette a celle heure. And ends on f. 88r with the following words: et de toutes autres maladies.

Index: starts on f. 89r with the title: Cest la table de ce livre de phisique et circurgie selon les lettres de A. B.C. et primo A. Ends imperfectly on f. 92v.


The hand is of the characteristic French 15th century type, with plain blue and lake initials.


  • Creation: 15th century

Language of Materials

Middle French

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

A French manuscript with a characteristic hand. There are no marks of ownership, but the manuscript was in Lord Alva's library.

Previous reference

D. b. II. 12.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern, lettered 'BOOK OF ASTROLOGIE AND PHYSIK M.S.S.'

Collation: a15 (wants 1), b15 (wants 16), c16, d18, e16, f12 (wants 11 and 13)=92.


29.84 cm x 26.35 cm


Secundo folio: de morir

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 92, double columns, 44-54 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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