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Materia medica. Medical manuscript, 15th or 16th century, Late 15th or early 16th century

 Item
Identifier: Coll-98/4/1/3

Scope and Contents

A parchment manuscript, quarto size, consisting of thirteen leaves, without cover. The manuscript appears to have been written in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century. The hand is very good and regular. There is no ornamentation of the script, except that upper case characters are accentuated with red on all but the last four leaves. The writing is in two columns, and largely contracted.
The text is an imperfect copty of the Tract on Materia Medica. There is nothing to indicate author, translator, or scribe. The copy is complete at the commencement, but defective at the end. Several leaves are also missing in a small number of different places. Thus after a continuous text of two leaves, containing the articles Aron barba to Agnus Castus, there is a break of two leaves. Our third leaf gives the concluding part of the article on Aurifrigmentum, and ends with that on Auena. Then comes another gap of probably three leaves, the next article being Camolea quinquefolium, with a continuous text to Caprifolium mater silua(e). Then follows a further gap of approximately three leaves, the text now resuming with the concluding part of the article on Fraxinus. The ramining article in 'F,' and the first five articles in 'G' to Gariofilus to follow. Thereafter comes another break of two or three leaves. The manuscript now begins with the last four lines of the article on Licrisia, and goes on with eight leaves of continuous text, ending abruptly with Jarapigra Galieni, i.e. within an article of two of the end of the Tract.

Dates

  • Late 15th or early 16th century

Language of Materials

Scottish Gaelic

Physical Description

Good condition. Some holes, which are natural with animal product materials used for medieval manuscripts.

The published letter from The Academy periodical is in delicate condition, with one page torn in half, and the other almost torn in half.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Extent

13 Leaves

Previous reference

Mackinnon 3

Related Materials

A published letter about the manuscript by Whitley Stokes is included in the folio. The letter was published in a nineteenth century academic periodical, titled The Academy. The letter was published on 16 May 1896, on pages 405-407, in volume number 1254. An original copy is contained in the folio with the manuscript, though it is in poor condition.

Physical Description

Good condition. Some holes, which are natural with animal product materials used for medieval manuscripts.

The published letter from The Academy periodical is in delicate condition, with one page torn in half, and the other almost torn in half.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern folio

Dimensions

20 cm x 26 cm

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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