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MESUE, LIBER DE SIMPLICIBUS MEDICINIS
Italy, s. XVex
1. ff. 1-5: Medical recipes added by 2 contemporary hands; ff. 5v-6v, ruled, but blank. 2. ff. 7-109v: Incipit liber hebemesue de simplicibus medicinis, [Prologue] In nomine dei misericordis cuius nutu sermo recipit gratiam et doctrina perfectionem Principium verborum filii hamet filii helii filii abdebla regis damasceni verbus cecidit…[f. 7v, Chapter list:] Distinctio capitulorum libri primi, Quatuor intentionum agregabimus sermonem in libro nostro primo. Prima intencio ponit condiciones in electione et posse medicinarum solutionem faciencium…[f. 8, Text:] Continet ergo liber iste primus xxxvi capitula. Capitulum primum sermo utilis de electione medicinarum…, Dicimus quod medicina lexativa [sic] non est a re complexionali…[f. 108, De elleboro…:] Dosis, Eius est a karatis vi usque ad 3.ii vel usque ad 3.i.
Johannes Mesue the Younger, Liber de simplicibus medicinis, printed in his Opera medicinalia, Venice 1479; Hain 11108.
3. ff. 109v-113: Incipit liber graduum hebemesue, Absinthium calidum est in primo gradu siccum in secundo. Agaricus duobus modis est masculus et femina, lauda femina qui uterque calidi sunt in primo gradu…[f. 113, Zizannia…:] Plante leonis duo sunt genera maius et minus frigida et sicca in iio super carbunculos apposita prodeest. Explicit liber hebemesue de simplicibus medicinis. Deo gratias.
Thorndike and Kibre, 11.
4. f. 113r-v: [Alphabetical glossary] Alhosorum id est species zuri duri, Alhase id est thimum, Alharmel id est cuta…Taraxaton dicitur endivia vel silvestris scariola, Zirugen id est hermodattilus. 5. ff. 113v-191v: Incipit liber iohannis damasceni filii mesuhe calbdei quod est agregatio vel antidotarium electorum confectionum et incipit liber tercius, [Prologue:] Sicut in libris urinarum [sic] ex hiis que experti sumus quedam rememoracione digna ex quarum agregatione sumam conteximus quam gerbadin [sic] nostrum vocamus…[Text:] Incipit prima distinctio de electuaris delectabilibus, Prima distinctio que est electurariorum subdivisionem habet quedam enim ex eis delectabilia sunt…[f. 191v, Oleum philosophorum…:] Et est in eo virtus calefactiva resolutiva penetrativa consumptiva superfluitatum Et confert//
Johannes Mesue the Younger, Grabadin medicinarum, printed in his Opera Medicinalia, Venica 1479; here breaking defectively near the end.
Paper (Arbalète surmounted by a flower, not in Briquet), ff. iv (modern paper) + 191 + iv (modern paper); 212 × 136 (125 × 80) mm. 16 2-410 510(-6, after f. 41 with loss of text) 610 710(-a leaf in the second half of the quire; excised?) 8-910 2010(-8, 9, 10). Catchwords written vertically along inner bounding line. 2 columns of 26 lines faintly ruled in lead. Written in a running hand with humanistic forms; the first line of each chapter in an oversize gothic display script. Opening initial, f. 7, 6-line, in gold on a parted dark pink and blue ground with a floral band border of vines and flowers the length of the text; opening initial of chapter list, f. 7v, 4-line, in gold with red flourishing and infilling; 3- and 2-line initials alternating red and light blue; initials within the text filled in yellow; rubrics; alternating red and blue paragraph marks. On ff. 8, 17, 49, in the upper margin, s. XVI, “Iesus”; on f. 36 upside down in the lower margin, in a later (?) hand, “Al Molto Magnifico Signor.”Bound, s. XX, with sixteenth century covers, blind tooled in a twisted rope pattern, laid down; evidence of 2 fore edge clasps. Written in Italy at the end of the fifteenth century. The ex libris of a sixteenth century owner has been cancelled on f. 7, but it appears to be the same name as on f. 6: “Ioannes Maglionus semper tenere cupit.” Inscription on f. 3, in the same hand as the note on f. 36: “All Magnifico Signor Claudio et Claudina Maria.” On the front pastedown, the armorial bookplate of Noel F. Barwell, with his motto “Non minus sed solus quam eum solus” and the date, 1902. Acquired by the Huntington Library in 1952 from Mrs. A. P. Haigh of Long Beach, California with the help of the Lois and Keith Spalding Endowment Fund.
Secundo folio: [f. 8, Chapter list] lavacionum; [f. 9, Text] super quibus non

Abbreviations
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
Hain
L. F. T. Hain, Repertorium bibliographicum (Stuttgart etc. 1826-38)
Thorndike and Kibre
L. Thorndike and P. Kibre, A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin. Mediaeval Academy of America Publications 29 (Cambridge Massachusetts, 2nd ed. 1963)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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