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Composite manuscript including medical texts and recipes, 15th century

Identifier: MS 175


Contains texts and recipes mostly on medicine, in five different hands.

ff. 2r-7r: Tabula (Table of Contents) of the volume. f. 1r-v is a duplicate page of f. 181.

ff. 7v-12v: blank, except for one recipe on f. 9r.

ff. 13r-64r: Regimen Sanitatis ad regem Aragonum by Arnaldus de Villanova

ff. 64r-75v: a regimen sanitatis text, author unknown

ff. 76r-120r: De conservanda sanitate by Barnabas de Riatinis of Reggio

ff. 121r-139r: Consilia by Barnabas de Riatinis

ff. 139r-147v: a text on bladder and kidney stones

ff. 147v-148v: another text on stones, by Magistri N.

ff. 148v-149v: Consilium by Magistri Thome

ff. 149v-150v: Another short text on stones

ff. 150v-171v: De artetica sive podagrica passione

ff. 171v-173v: De passionibus animi

ff. 173v-182r: A text by Alberto de' Zancari (also known as Albertus Bononiensis and Alberto of Bologna)

ff. 183r-184r: blank

ff. 184v-185r: Recipes and charms against plague

f. 186r-v: Letter to Rev. in Christo Patri et Domino Domino A. ep[iscop]o from Bartolomeus Marcellus, dated 1480

ff. 187r-190r: recipes

f. 190v: accounts.


There are three distinct hands, although perhaps as many as five. The first writes ff. 13-75 in round minuscule, with blue and red filigree initials. The second is responsible for ff. 76-120, which is Italian Gothic, blue and red initials. The third writes ff. 121-182r in italic hand, with plain red capitals, space being left for ornamental initial at the beginning. The recipes and letter on the final folios (ff. 184-190) are by another hand, perhaps even two.


  • 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

An Italian manuscript, but with no indications of more definite provenance. An almost illegible inscription can be discerned on f. 1r, which seems to read, L. Gregorii Gyraldi Ferrarien. dono dedit Fr. Falloppi- [?]. This could be Lilio Gregorio Giraldi (1479-1552), an Italian scholar from Ferrara, and 'Fr. Falloppi-' could be Gabriele Fallopio known as Fallopius (1523-1562), a priest, anatomist and physician who also lived in Ferrara in the 16th century.

Previous reference


Previous title

Title given in Catherine Borland's Catalogue: Medica


Nicoud, Marilyn. 'Inventaire N° 1. Manuscrits d’ouvrages diététiques occidentaux en latin', Les régimes de santé au Moyen Âge : Naissance et diffusion d’une écriture médicale en Italie et en France (XIIIe- XVe siècle) (Rome: Publications de l’École française de Rome, 2007), pp. 769-952. [accessed 06/12/2019 - external link].

Physical Facet

Material: vellum and paper

Binding: Modern

Collation: a12-k12, l10-r10=190.


16 cm x 11.75 cm


Secundo folio: clarius et perfectius

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 190, 20 lines to a page.

Repository Details

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