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MS 176: De balneis Puteolanis [incomplete], by Peter of Eboli, 15th century

Identifier: MS 176
f. 3v
f. 3v


MS 176 is a short volume with only a small abount of text combined with large, half-page illustrations. It contains sections VI-XXI of Peter of Eboli's thirty-five sectional didactic poem on the medicinal thermal baths in the region of Campania. Peter wrote his poem on bathing in the last years of the 12th century, and dedicated it to the emperor, probably the Holy Roman Emperor at the time, Henry VI.

The text begins with the sixth section of Peter of Eboli's text, on f. 1r: Balneolum. Inter aquas pelagi prope litus sub pede rupis. MS 176 ends on f. 8v with the 22nd section: Pugillus. Cum maris unda vacat tanti vacat unda pugillus.


The hand is good Italian Gothic with plain red capitals.


There are illustrations occupying the lower half of each page, probably inserted at a late date. They are very roughly drawn and crudely coloured, and in some cases unfinished. The landscape where it exists is of Italian scenery, but always crude and unfinished.


  • Creation: 15th 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

The script is Italian. The arms of Humphrey Walrond, Deputy-Governor of Barbadoes, created Marquess de Vallado by Philip IV, 1653, are stamped upon the margin of f. 1r, but they may belong to a descendant, as the stamp has a very modern look. On f. 8v there is a memorandum in Italian of various purchases. The number '173' is on a label on the front board.

Previous title

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

Previous reference

Laing 181

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern white vellum, gold tooling, lettered 'Balneum 1413 ms.'


31.12 cm X 21.91 cm


Secundo folio: est aqua quam

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 8, 12 lines of script and a half-page illustration to each page.

Repository Details

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