Medical aphorisms

15th or 16th cent. Vellum. 21–22 x 15–15.5cm. Ff. 8, numbered in pencil. No scribal signature; some corrections to text (occasionally over erasures) supplied in another hand.

Unbound; housed in paper folder marked `Grille' and `1313' (in pencil) on front cover; held by remains of stitching, which seemes to have preceded a tacketing and to have been followed by a binding on cords; stitch-holes. Remains of impression of Lhuyd's seal, and numbers `103', `1313' (in pencil) and `H. 2. 12 / [13, cancelled] 14 [repeated]' on f. 1r, upper margin.

Collation: i12 wants 3, 5, 8 and 10 with loss of text where defective. Single column, ruled in dry point, 27–34 lines; faint traces of prick marks for columns discernible in upper and lower margins of some leaves (e.g. ff. 1, 7–8). Vellum defective in ff. 1–2; lower outer corner of f. 7 a separate piece of vellum stitched on before writing, bearing parts of 10 lines on either side. Slight staining throughout, with heavy staining on f. 6 obscuring some of text in upper inner corner, particularly on verso; decay in lower inner edge of f. 3 and in lower inner corners of ff. 5–6. Initials, Latin text and ceann fo eite generally coloured yellow (turned green in places and tinting several lines) on ff. 1–8r, with no colouring executed after f. 8r23. Final line of f. 7r written below column in lower margin and framed underneath by border line. Manuscript described in Colker, Cat. 2, p. 1240.

Notes and jottings. (a) 3r, lower margin. Illegible lettering (?). (b) 4r, lower margin. `[? F]'.


1r.   [Collection of aphorisms excerpted from Isidore's commentary on the aphorisms of John of Damascenus. For this commentary see e.g. King's Inns ms 18, ff. 1ra1–7vb2 (incomplete); ibid., ff. 15ra1–17va28 (acephalous).] Beg. Liberat te Deus fili amanntisime adeuio erroris 7 conseruet te inviam prosperitatis .i. co saoraidhi Día tu ameic carthanaig oainmis intseacrain 7 gocomeadaigi se tu aslighi intsoirbeasa. Chasm in text after f. 2 which breaks off Anima est unum te prinnsipis superioribus .i. níní eile antanum acht rann dona tosaigib uachturacha noch riaghlaoideas 7 inordaigeas na cuirp inichturacha [= NLI ms G 8, p. 6.21]. Text resumes (f. 3) with Aromatice atesdantur super bonitatem substancie [7 paruitatem altered by later hand to 7 maligtatem] complecionis .i. signighidh na neth[e] deadhbalaid [ms deadhbl–a] mesuracht anfolaidh 7 tercacht ancoimplexa [= G 8, p. 7.15]. Chasm in text after f. 3, which breaks off Iuuenibus epeleinncia 7 spasmus in primo 7 secundo 7 .3.o 7 .4.\textsuperscripto climate .i. isead adeir co tic epilenncia 7 spasmus cum namacámh noc atrebus annsa ced clima 7 .ii. clima 7 annsa [= G 8, p. 10.2]. Text resumes (f. 4) Omne [catarticum altered by later hand to atracticum] nesisario coleram rubeam [purgat with final three letters by later hand (in erasure?)] .i. folmaigidh gac uili leigeas laccthach lind ruadh. Apparently incomplete. Breaks off with f. 5 Sainginem mox quando exieirit congalare .i. intan techtus anfuil ahaithle aligin coluath foillsigid sin talmaideacht an folaid [= G 8, p. 16.11]. 184 aphorisms, numbered in outer margin in 16th cent. hand in two groups, viz. 1–74 (ff. 1–2) (skipping 11 and unnumbered aphorism following 31) and 7–40 (f. 3) (skipping unnumbered aphorism following 38), 51–90 (ff. 4r1–5r5); final 35 aphorisms (f. 5r6–vz) unnumbered, but traces of numbers 91–[99] visible opposite first 9; order of text sometimes ignored by marginal numbering.

6r.   [Hippocrates, Aphorismi bks 1.1–9, 10 cum 11 (first part), 11 (second part), 12, 13 (incomplete), 17 (acephalous), 18–25; 2.1–17, 19–27, 18, 28–31, 32 (incomplete).] Beg. Vita brevis ars vero [corrected from vro] longo tempus autem acutum ... ota anelada go fada 7 an betha go hudmall 7 aimser an legis go prap. Bk 1.25 ends f. 7rz; bk 2 (headed `In .2. particul') beg. f. 7v1. Chasm in text after f. 6v, which breaks off (in bk 1.13) Senes facillime ferunt ieiunium secundo consistentes facillius minus vero pueri. Resumes (f. 7r1) in bk 1.17 7 etati 7 consuetudini .i. is egin don liaigh a fis do beth aige antan as imcubaid an proinnechad. Breaks off (in bk 2.32) with f. 8 Plerumque omnes maile habentes secundum prinncipia bene reficientes 7 nihil adentes. Aphorisms numbered in outer margin in 16th cent. hand in two groups, viz. 1–13 (f. 6), [17]–25 (f. 7r), and 1–29, 201 [sic], 202, [sic], 23 (ff. 7v1–8vz). Corresponds to NLI G 8, pp. 29.1–32.4, 33.5–39.20 except that bk 2.18 is in sequence in that ms.