Cambridge, University Library (GB): Inc.Fragments.0
TitleCanon medicinae [Latin] (Lib. I-V) (Tr: Gerardus Cremonensis)
Imprint[Strassburg : The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), after Feb. 1473]
Description of Copy
Holding InstitutionCambridge, University Library (GB)
NoteTitle from caption at incipit on leaf [a2] recto.
Dated after February 1473 in BN cat. des incun. A-807. The text was copied from an exemplar of the edition printed in Milan by Philippus de Lavagnia for Johannes Antonius and Blasius de Terzago on 12 February 1473 (ISTC ia01417500; GW 3115).
Dated before 1473 in GW 3114 and Goff A1417.
In five parts.
Translated from Arabic into Latin by Gerardus Cremonensis.
Text in two columns.
Spaces left blank for initials.
Signatures: Part I: [a-g¹⁰ h⁸ i¹⁰ k⁴⁺¹]; Part II: [²a-²g¹⁰ ²h⁸ ²i⁶]; Part III: [³a⁶ ³b¹² ³c-³g¹⁰ ³h⁸ ³i⁶⁺¹ ³k-q¹⁰ ³r⁶ ³s-³z¹⁰ A¹⁰ B⁸]; Part IV: [⁴a⁴ ⁴b-⁴n¹⁰]; Part V: [⁵a-⁵d¹⁰]. Leaves [a1], [²a1], [³b1] and [⁴n10] blank.
Avicenna [i.e. al-Ḥusayn ibn ʻAlī Ibn Sīnā]. Canon medicinae, Books I-V, in the Latin translation by Gerardus Cremonensis, [a2]r-[⁴n9]v, with each book preceded by a table of contents.
BM 15th cent., I, 65
BN cat. des incun., A-807
BSB-Ink, A-956 (with digital facsimile)
GW, 3114 (with digital facsimiles)
Fragment: Two leaves only, i.e. leaves [⁴k9] and [⁴k10] from Book IV, Fen VI: incipit on [⁴k9] recto "scothoi[m]a et tenebrositas oculi" and explicit on [⁴k10] verso "Lacertus / [S]Pes latertor[um] [sic] est salama[n]dra : ... et accidunt ei q[ui] bibit carnem [eius apostema]".
Illumination and decoration: Initial in gold set against a ground of blue and red with white tracery, with floral sprays in brown and green and gold bezants extending into the margin, on leaf [⁴k10] recto; initials in blue with pen-flourished decoration in red throughout, line-fillers in blue and red and paragraph marks in alternating red and blue throughout; highlighting of printed capitals in yellow; all supplied by hand, England, late 1470s or early 1480s.
Another leaf from the same copy, foliated "541", and also from Coventry Grammar School was presented to Gonville and Caius College by John Tattersall in 1911, and is now Caius: Lower Library, Aa.2.19 (G.A.S. 96): see G. A. Schneider, A descriptive catalogue of the incunabula in the Library of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Cambridge, 1928, no. 96.
[93, 84, 237, 124, 40] leaves ;
Original item identifier in source database: 5518389
PlaceCambridge (Geonames Id: 2653941)
NoteCoventry Grammar School Library. A.G.W [i.e. Alexander Gordon Wynch] Murray, Librarian of Trinity College, Cambridge: his note relating to the Coventry provenance in pencil on leaf [â´k10] recto. Presented by his brother, Rev. Donald W. Murray, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1919.
Decoration NoteIllumination and decoration: Initial in gold set against a ground of blue and red with white tracery, with floral sprays in brown and green and gold bezants extending into the margin, on leaf [⁴k10] recto; initials in blue with pen-flourished decoration in red throughout, line-fillers in blue and red and paragraph marks in alternating red and blue throughout; highlighting of printed capitals in yellow; all supplied by hand, England, late 1470s or early 1480s.
Manuscript notesManuscript foliation '507' and '508' in brown ink in upper right corner of rectos, England, late 15th century.
CertaintyThe recording of this evidence is considered certain
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