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MS 4 Spain, ca. 1380

Avicenna / Canon medicinae, liber V; Lat. tr. Gherardo, da Sabbioneta

ff. 1-73 Text begins defectively: // et obliuioni, et melancolie, et frigore cerebri, et tremori, et pulsu cordis, et conseruat embrionem...

Expl.: Et omnis obulus est herates iii, et omnis herate est iiii grana ordine et obuli res sunt herate ix. Alcantus est 3.i.5 eboati ii sunt 3.iii obuli viii sunt herates xiiii. Explicit.

[In another hand:] Completus est liber quintus canonis qui est antidotarius senis regis ab hooli hassen filii arabrassem et eius complemento completus est liber totus.

Explicit iste liber possit sua iura magister.

Explicit liber quintus auicene.

Avicenna, Liber canonis medicinae; (Venetiis, 1527). Facimile reprint of the 1527 edition, published as part of the "Medicinae Historia" series (Brussells, 1971) Liber quintus ff. 391-420.

Paper (thick, poor quality, no watermarks), f. i (modern paper) + iii (contemporary paper, tipped in, i=pastedown, now detatched, iii ruled) + 73 + iii (contemporary paper) +i (modern paper), 304 x 220 (246 x 172) mm., written in 27-31 long lines, no ruling. Modern foliation.

I3 (tipped in during rebinding), II-VIII10, IX6.

Written by a single scribe in gothic cursive; marginal notes in the same hand. Spaces for initials left unfilled, but guide letters for decorator are visible.

Ink has corroded some leaves; edges of some leaves are worn away, on f. 1 this results in a slight loss of text.

Binding: Late 19th-century vellum binding with two vellum clasps. On spine in lead: "Avicenna" and on a torn paper label in ink: "43**"

Written in the last half of the 14th century. Typed note glued to inside front cover suggests that the text was "probably" written in Spain; Thomas M. Izbicki, who generously shared his notes on this manuscript with us, agrees. Early provenance unknown. On recto of modern flyleaf, in lead, a list of other Avicenna manuscripts included in De Ricci. Purchased in 1949 from H. P. Kraus by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), and presented by him to Bryn Mawr College in 1951.

secundo folio: baracost

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 434, no. 4.


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