Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 92 (T.4.9)
Title: The Anatomy of the Eye
Images: [ MS Hunter 92 opening text ] [ MS Hunter 92 page of anatomical drawings ]
Associated Websites: MS Hunter 92. Digitised version hosted by University of Malaga (registration required)
Date of Creation: Between 1599 and 1699
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: John Browne, The Anatomy of the Eye.
John Browne's Treatise on the Anatomy of the Eye:
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-6): The Anatomy | of the Eye | with its muscles, Coats, Humours | Glands, and excretory Vessells. [rubric followed by a thick red line] | The Wise Creator haueing made the Soul the | free Denison of Heaven, hath not affixt it to.
Ends (5, 6 verso lines 9-12): a longer thred then I first designed, to | giue a compleat account of the Offices and | vses of each part, as well as the Originations | and insertions of the Same.
[The first of the two following folios contains recto a set of anatomical drawings - sepia and red ink over pencilled designs - marked Tab. 2, the recto of the second "An Index of the Whole" in red ink.]
Remarks: The arrangement of the water-marks, indicating the composition of the quires, is:
X V O | XOO V XXO | XOX V OXO | XO V X- | OOX V OXX | X V O,
where the water-mark is indicated by a cross (X), and its absence by a cypher (O). V shows the centre of each quire.
The fourth quire, consisting of one sheet and a half, shows no gap in the matter, and the paging is continuous.
The verso of 3, 6. not being numbered, the next page is marked 28 (instead of 29). 5, 4 verso is numbered 41, but 5, 5 recto is paged 43 instead of 42 (43). 6, 1 recto is paged 48, after which there is no further pagination.
The engraved frontispiece (by R. White) is dated 1684 ("Joannes Browne | Regius Chirurgus Ordinarius | Aetatis suĉ 42 Anno Domini 1684"), the year of the first edition of his Myographia Nova, for which this may have been prepared. In the Hunt. Mus. Lib. copy of 1698, the date of the plate has been obviously altered from 1684 to 1698.
In the plate opposite p. 68 of that edition is a figure identical with one in 3, 6 recto (p. 27) of this MS.
This book, possibly the Author's autograph, has been vilely abused, smeared and smudged as with a printer's ink-roller.
For John Browne (1642-1700?), surgeon to Charles II., see Dict. Nat. Biog. vii. 49. This work is not included in the list of publications in Dr. J.F. Payne's article (above).
[Formerly Q.3.13; Q.3.44]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
11 1/8 x 7, ff. 25, in single cols. of 24 lines, each 8½ x 4 3/4, margined with red ink, not ruled, pagination, in red ink, by same hand, no signatures or catchwords, rubrics. Late Cent. XVII.
Binding: Original, millboards, covered fawn calf, gilt-tooled (edges) and panelled back, red spattered edges, title (gilt) printed vertically on crimson and green morocco shields: BROWNE. | M.S. Early Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 99.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Treatise
Bibliography: John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 99.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

artist: Robert White 1645-1703
Engraver.
author: John Browne 1642-1700?
Surgeon.
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