Liber divisionum. Antidotarium. Liber Almansoris ... [etc]
- Liber divisionum. Antidotarium. Liber Almansoris ... [etc]
- Title (alt.):
Kitāb al-Manṣūrī. Latin
Liber divisionum Almansoris
Kitab al-aqrabadin al-Kabir. Latin
Taqsim wa-al-tashjir. Latin
- Title (uniform):
Works. Selections. Latin
- Rāzī, Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Zakarīyā, 865?-925?
- Gherardo, da Cremona, 1113 or 1114-1187
- Former owner:
- Ashburnham, Bertram Ashburnham, Earl of, 1797-1878
- Former owner:
- Barrois, Joseph, approximately 1785-1855
- Former owner:
- Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle, Sir, 1867-1962
- Sotheby's (Firm)
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)--Italy
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
Medicine--Early works to 1800
Latin literature, Medieval and modern--Early works to 1800
Clinical medicine--Early works to 1800
Diagnosis--Early works to 1800
Symptoms--Early works to 1800
- 133 leaves : parchment, ill. ; 416 x 262 (270 x 148) mm bound to 43 cm
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
- Place of origin:
- Table of Contents:
1. fol. 1-35v: [Liber divisionum].
2. fol. 35v-45v [Antidotarium].
3. fol. 46-126v: [Liber Almansoris, in ten "tracts"].
4. fol. 126v-132: [Synonima Almansoris].
5. fol.132v-133v: De cerebro (15th-century addition).
Bibliographic record created by BPL staff based on description by Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis.
Source of title proper and statement of responsibility, fol. 1-35v, opening rubric: Fuit in presentia cuiusda...delent vestigiae earum... -- 2. fol. 35v-45v, opening rubric: Dixi in hoc meo libro...; closing rubric: Ad ipsum anes qui quam. [ends imperfectly] -- 3. fol. 46-126v, opening rubric: [lacking five leaves after fol. 45, begins imperfectly in the middle of Tract 1, chapter 1] ...Incrementum fit qui crescunt...; closing rubric: Hoc ad finem per duximus gratiae sunt infinite.
Origin: Written in northern Italy in the mid-14th century. Title on spine wrongly attributes the manuscript to 13th-century Spain.
- Notes (ownership):
Provenance: Owned by Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Barrois (1784-1855), his 1849 sale (no. 104) to Bertram, the Fourth Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878).
- Notes (acquisition):
Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased at the Ashburnham sale, Sotheby's London, 10 June 1901, lot 506 (lot number written inside front cover) to Sydney Cockerell for the Boston Public Library (BPL bookplate inside front cover, embossed on fol. 1, Cockerell's notes inside front cover).
- Notes (date):
This date is inferred.
- Notes (citation):
Ricci, S. de. Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, I, 922
- Notes (object):
Secundo folio: Et alia est huntium...
Collation: Parchment, fol. i (19th-century paper) + 133 + i (19th-century paper) ; 1-4¹⁰ 5 ¹⁰⁻⁵ (tipped-in singletons, lacking five leaves after fol. 45) 6⁸ 7-14¹⁰ ; signatures preserved in the lower right corner recto of the first half of several quires, parallel dashes indicating the bifolium's placement (one, two, three, four or five dashes, with a "+" indicating the first leaf of the second half of the quire, see, e.g., fol. 114-119); modern plummet or pale ink signatures in arabic numerals on the lower left corner of the first recto of several quires (signed 1-14), possibly added by a 19th-century binder. Decorative catchwords in penwork frame in lower center margin of the last verso of each quire. Foliated in modern arabic pencil on the upper outer corner of each page (e.g. 1r, 1v, etc.).
Layout: Two columns, 53 lines. Bounding and writing lines ruled in blind. The opening of the first tract is not extant; the initial space for the second tract on fol. 52v has been left blank; and a space was not left for an initial at the opening of Tract 5 on fol. 71v.
Script: Written in a rounded gothic bookhand in brown ink with chapter headings preserved throughout only as marginal rubricator guides in a very small cramped hand; rubrics added in red in quires 8 and 10 only (fols. 65-73 and 94-103).
Decoration: Two-line initials throughout alternating blue with red filgree or red with purple; eight five-line historiated initials in gold and colors, with a few acanthus leaves and gold balls, each populated with a different bust distinguished by eight different styles of headgear, possibly representing different patients (on folio 1 and the opening of each tract of the Liber Almansoris: fol. 56, 65, 78v, 82, 89, 96 and 112.
Binding: French 18th-century binding of green diced Russia over heavy boards, all edges gilt, board edges filleted in blind, triple-fillet border on covers, paper pastedowns and endleaves, spine gilt in compartments, "RAZI/ ABOV/ BEKERS/ MS./ HISPAN./ SEC. XIII," French newsprint lining spine, spine detaching at front hinge, in need of repair.
- Notes (bibliography):
Bibliography: L. Thorndike and P. Kibre. A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin (Cambridge, Mass.: Mediaeval Academy of America, 1963); Zoltan Haraszti, "Medieval manuscripts in the Library," More Books III (1928): 68 (this description pasted inside front cover).
- Notes (language):
- Call #:
RARE BKS MS f Med.26
G.40.38 (no longer used)