Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 414 (V.3.12)
Images: [ MS Hunter 414 fol. 48r ] [ MS Hunter 414 fol. 121r detail ]
Date of Creation: Between 1413 and 1414
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Incerti Avctoris, Practica Medicinae.
Incerti Avctoris, Pvlchra Medicina sive Regimen Bonvm.
Incerti Avctoris, De Minvtione sive Venarvm Incisione.
Incerti Avctoris, De Embryone.
Incerti Avctoris, Phlebotomia.
Incerti Avctoris, De Mensivm Virtvtibvs.
Incerti Avctoris, Expositio Effectvvm Planetarvm.
Incerti Avctoris, Compotvs Novilvnii.
Incerti Avctoris, De Regimine Tempore Pestilentiae.
Sigismvndi Albici, De Regimine Tempore Pestilentiae.
Incerti Avctoris, Tractatvlvs de Aqva Vitae, etc.
Incerti Avctoris, Kalendarivm Astrologicvm.
Incerti Avctoris, De XII Signis.
Sigismvndi Albici, De Coitv.
Incerti Avctoris [Psevdo-Alberti Magni], De Secretis Mvliervm.
Incerti Avctoris, Liber Medicinalis.
Incerti Avctoris, Liber Medicinalis.
Nicolai de Hostresham (Praepositi Salernitani), Liber Medicinalis.
Nicolai de Hostresham (Praepositi Salernitani), Antidotarivm.
Incerti Avctoris, De Electvariis.
Incerti Avctoris, Liber Remediorvm.
Incerti Avctoris [Psevdo-Aristotelis], Institvtio ad Regem Alexandrum.
Incerti Avctoris, De Vrinis Tractatvs Metricvs.
Sigismvndi Albici, Institvtio.
Papae Joannis XXI, (Petri Hispani), Thesavrvs Pavpervm.
Incerti Avctoris, Flora Medica Latino-Germanica.
Incerti Avctoris, Synonyma Medica.
On i, 6 verso in an XVIII. Cent. hand: N.2. A Medical Treatise of Aliments etc.
On f. 1 recto in a late XVI. or early XVII. Cent. hand: D Lyndsay Edzell (twice). Possibly this is Sir David Lindsay of Edzell, Baron Edzell (1551-1610), the eldest son of the ninth Earl of Crawford, who succeeded in 1558, on the death of his father, to the Edzell estates, the earldom passing to David Lindsay, tenth Earl, son of Alexander Lindsay; see Dict. Nat. Biog. xxxiii. 297. On the same page vertically between the cols.: Ex Libris Jo: Watson 1688. This inscription is repeated on f. 19 recto.
Between the first and second quires six folios were inserted by the binder, and between the second and third quires four folios, all of the same kind as i, 1-6. and iv, i. 2. Probably another insertion was made before the first quire, which has now entirely gone; the others have only traces remaining.
On f. 63 recto in a XVI. Cent. hand: Ex libris magistri hugonis | Lindesay vicarij de Inchbriak.
This inscription is repeated on f. 104 verso, f. 231 verso, and f. 157 verso (with the addition of the date: 1532).
The ancient parish of Inchbrayock contained the island of that name (otherwise Rossie Island) in the estuary of the Esk at Montrose.
ff. 249 verso and 250 recto are covered with four cols. of XV. Cent. Low German in the form of an exorcism beginning: In dem namen des Vaters . und des | suns . und des heiligen geystes: | Amen. | + Ich beschwer dich Rothen ge= | sucht Krampf . vnd alle gycht and ending: alzo marien gotes muter | yres liben kindes tot was | amen...
On a loose sheet of paper is a carefully compiled index in an XVIII. Cent. hand (?Dr. Meade's) with a list of common contractions, etc. The Hebrew characters on f. 78 recto correspond most to those in col. 43 of Dr. Euting's table in Bickell's Hebrew Grammar. The left hand column consists of the names of the first four Signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer), each written twice in Hebrew characters. An alphabetical sequence may be traced in the table following these names by beginning at the right hand row, third line, and going down, beginning the next col. at the same line, etc.
On f. 194 recto is a prescription in a XVII. Cent. French hand: prenes vgne pintte deaue de la milleur | fonttaine que poures trouuer et faittes | bouillir la ditte eaue tant quelle ne | viengne que a la moyttie et puit | prenes vng car donce de salmonyac | et vng car donce de senellime (?=cenelline, i.e. cenelle) | et demy car donce de verdegrit | et broies tout ensemble en poudre | et le gettes en la ditte eaue et puit | laisses Reffroidir la ditte eaue de tous? | xxiiij eures sans en besongner et puit | laues vous de la ditte eaue.
The 13th quire is marked thus: Octauus sexternus [rubricated]. This was originally the 'eighth' quire of six sheets (or 12 folios), as quires 1-3 come from another work; quire 8 was obviously a later insertion, and the index must also have been written after the following quires, as it ends with a rubricated colophon (f. 30 verso), dated three weeks later than that on f. 97 verso, and exactly the same date as on f. 194 recto.
Quires 14 and 15 are similarly rubricated; possibly a similar note may have been cropped off the others.
Sigismund Albicus (1347-1427), a famous Bohemian physician, studied at Prague, probably 1378-1382, where the great pestilence of 1379-80 afforded special opportunities of acquiring medical experience by which he profited; after graduating there in law as well as in medicine he took the degree in law "Doctor utriusque juris" at Padua, where doubtless he became a devoted follower of Arnaldus de Villanova of Montpellier. He was appointed private physician to King Wenzel (1394-1414), by whose injunction he was made Archbishop of Prague in 1411, and was also professor of medicine at the University there, in the Library of which his writings in MS. are still preserved. His "Tractatulus de regimine hominis ('Vetularius')", printed at Leipzig in 1484, is in the British Museum [7321. CC. (I)].
Nicholas of Hostresham, Nicolaus Praepositus of the famous medical school of Salerno, who lived in the first half of the XII. Century, is best known by his "Antidotarium". See V.4.11 for another copy.
For another copy of the "Thesaurus Pauperum", see V.8.10.
[Formerly S.5.3; S.5.61].
L. MacKinney, Medical illustrations in medieval manuscripts 1965, p. 128: MS Hunter 414 (14-15th c). Medical miscellany. ff. 48, 121. Author: bearded, wavey-haired author of Liber minucionis. Anatomy: nude, male figure to illustrate four humours (Liber medicinalis)
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum (first three quires) and paper, 10 3/4 x 7 5/8, ff. 251, originally ff. 270, written in Dutch or Flemish hands, in double cols. (except the fourth quire - in single cols. - ff. 76 verso-77 verso, in four cols. - and f. 78 recto in single col.) of 35-42 lines, each about 8 x 2, margined and ruled with brown crayon (vellum) and ink (paper), no signatures visible (cropped), catchwords, foliation contemporary (Arabic in vellum, Roman [rubricated] in paper) and modern, pencil, one pen and ink drawing (f. 48 recto), one historiated initial (f. 121 recto), large and small rubricated initials, rubrics, rubricated paragraph marks, initials touched with vermilion and names cited lined through with the same, the first three quires entirely unornamented, marginalia, much cropped, well preserved with the exception of the edges of the first three quires being gnawed by beetles and fol. 18 having a square piece cut out, and damp stains in lower margins of the last quires. Late Cent. XIV. and early XV. (the hour of vespers, 24th June, 1414).
Binding: Original, bevelled beech boards, covered calf stamped all over, lozenged panel stamped in the centre with acorns, each board had originally five brass bosses, and was secured by two pig-skin straps with brass clasps and catches, which last alone survive, recently re-backed, title, modern (gilt), on crimson morocco shield: INCHBRAKE | MEDICAL | COLLECTION. (?) Early Cent. XVI.
[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. 335.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: L. MacKinney, Medical illustrations in medieval manuscripts (London, 1965), p. 128; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 334-338.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Sigismund Albicus 1347-1427
Physician to King Wenzel of Bohemia.
author: John XXI Pope d. 1277
Petrus Hispanus, Joannes Petrus, Joao Pedro.
author: Nicholas of Horsham fl.c.1125
Nicolaus Praepositus, Nicholas Hostresham.
author: Pseudo-Aristotle
provenance: David Lindsay Baron Edzell 1551-1610
Judge, Court of Session, as Lord Edzell.
provenance: Hugh Lindsay fl 1500-1599
Vicar of Inchbrayock, near Montrose.
provenance: John Watson fl.1688
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