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LJS 24 - Israeli, Isaac, approximately 832-approximately 932 - [Medical miscellany]
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 24 - Israeli, Isaac, approximately 832-approximately 932 - [Medical miscellany]
Israeli, Isaac, approximately 832-approximately 932.
[Medical miscellany] [manuscript].
[Paris, between 1225 and 1275]
Physical description:
149 leaves : parchment ; 278 x 196 (188 x 125-127) mm. bound to 293 x 211 mm.
Collection of standard 13th-century medical texts with inhabited initials showing medical scenes. 5 works of Isaac Israeli concerning diet, urine, fevers, and the elements, which were translated into Latin in the 11th century by Constantine the African, a Benedictine monk, comprise most of the manuscript. These are preceded by a brief introduction to Galen and 2 short works on the pulse. Most of the illuminations depict Dominican monks teaching and tending to patients.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Parchment, ii (18th-century paper) + 149 + ii (18th-century paper); 1¹⁴(-1) 2² 3¹⁰ 4-7¹² 8¹²(-1) 9¹²(-2) 10-13¹² 14¹⁰(-3); gatherings 3, 6, and 12 have horizontal catchwords (f. 25v, 61v, 130v); gatherings 3, 4, and 8 have letters on the rectos in the first half of each gathering (starting f. 16r, 26r, 75r); gathering 4 is signed II (f. 37v).
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 44-47 lines; frame-ruled in faint ink with double vertical bounding lines.
Script: Written in Gothic script.
Decoration: 1 8-line miniature of a Dominican doctor teaching clerics (f. 1r); 11 inhabited initials (Dominican doctor taking a pulse, f. 6r; Dominican doctor at a table, f. 7v; laymen at a feast, f. 16r; Dominican doctor, servant, and patient, f. 65r; Dominican doctor teaching laymen, f. 91r; Dominican doctor reading, f. 92v; man covering patient with cloak, f. 94v; Dominican doctor and layman, f. 98r; man bringing poultice to patient, f. 103v; Dominican doctor with urine flask and patient, f. 121v; Dominican doctor reading, f. 137r); 4 faint guide sketches for initials in lower margin (f. 65r, 94v, 103v, 121v); 3 illuminated initials (7-line, f. 51v, 52r; 11-line, f. 70r); 2- and 3-line initials alternating between red flourished with turquoise and blue flourished with red throughout; alternating red and blue paragraph marks throughout; unusual manicules in the form of a tongue extended from a hooded head throughout. The miniatures are attributed to the Johannes Grusch atelier of Paris.
Binding: Early 18th-century mottled calf, gilt with Dysart arms on covers and spine label Theorica practica.
Origin: Written in Paris in the mid-13th century.
Cite as:
LJS 24
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 24
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