London, British Library, Sloane 5

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Repository: British Library
Idno:Sloane 5
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Date and Language
Date:s. xivex and s. xv
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect: scribe of ff. 13-57 and ff. 61-193r - Herefordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 344 233, LP 7361 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 199).
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A late fourteenth-century and fifteenth-century manuscript written by two scribes (or perhaps one) containing surgical and medical texts as well a Latin, French and English synonymy of herbs.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment and paper.
Extent:270 x 205 mm
Collation: Unascertained
Layout:Pricking not visible. Writing space of 190 x 135 mm; double columns, each column c. 190 x 65 mm. Single and double columns with lines of c. 29 single; 35 double. Frame ruled in brown crayon.
Writing: Scribe of ff. 13-57 writing in a fifteenth-century Secretary script. Characteristics: single compartment a; sigma s in final position; reversed B-shaped e in medial position; long s in medial position; ž; single compartment g; reversed B-shape s in final position. Body height: 2mm. Scribe of ff. 61-193r - fifteenth-century cursive Secretary script. Body height: 2mm. The hand is very similar to the first scribe and it is possible that only one scribe wrote ff. 13-193r.
Decoration: Item 1: paraphs and some letters tinted red. Item 2: red paraphs, brown ink. Item 3: text begins with a five-line blue initial with crude red penwork and infill; two-line red initials, red paraphs, running titles underlined in red. Item 5: three-line red initial A with red dots around, red paraphs, some initials and punctuation in red, two-line red lombardic capitals with crude red penwork. Item 7: four-line red lombardic capital, red paraphs, red underlining. Items: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: two-line red capitals, underlining in red, some capitals tinted red, some punctuation red. Items 14: three-line red initial, red paraphs, initials tinted red.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 290 x 235 mm. Brown leather with tan fabric and stamp of Sloane library on front. Five raised bands on spine.
Foliation:ff. 194. Modern pencil foliation. Really v + 189 + ii. There are five parchment flyleaves at the beginning with ii and iii foliated as 1 and 2, iv and v are not foliated and the text starts on f. 3r (previously f. 1).
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Provenance: On f. 1v is written ' est possessor...' in the same hand on f. 2r is written, 'A compleat body of Physick for the cureinge of most diseases'. The manuscript formerly belonged to the barber-surgeon, Richard Dod, on f. 157v in a fifteenth-century Textura script is written 'Iste liber constat richardo dod de london barbor sorior'. Hanna (1994, p. 192) believes that this could be the same Richard Dod who owned San Marino (California), Huntington Library, MS HM 505, a copy of Henry Daniel's Liber uricrisiarum.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, March 2004.
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