Aphorisms of Hippocrates
16th or 17th cent. Paper. 18.5 x 14 cm. Pp. 38, stamp-numbered; two unnumbered endpapers front and back. No scribal signature.
Bound in boards. `Aphorisms / of / Hippocrates' and `H. 5. 16' in gold on front cover. Labelled `Ms / H. / 5. / 16' on spine; typed label `1388' affixed to lower inner corner of front cover and covered with cellulose tape. `Rebound / Oct. 1897' on pastedown inside front cover. `Ms. H. 5. 16. / (1388)' (in pencil) on recto of first endpaper. Numbers `Olim 104' and `H. 5. 16', p. 1, upper margin.
Collation obscured by binding. Pencilled numbers `2' and `3' on pp. 7 (upper margin, outer corner) and 30 (upper margin), respectively, perhaps inserted by binder, may refer to order of gatherings and suggest an arrangment as follows: i4 (wants 1), ii6, iii6, iv4. Single columns, ruled in dry point, 23–28, lines. First line of opening aphorism in each book in display script; ornamental initials (2- to 1-line), pp. 1, 10, 20, 30; final words of bk 1 (p. 9.z) written below text-frame and boxed; final words of bks 2 (p. 20.5), 3 (p. 30.8) followed by mark of closure comprising five points in cruciform arrangement; catchwords, pp. 11, 16, 20 (part of word only), 22; final word (or part thereof) of previous pages repeated as opening word on pp. 1–4, 10, 12–15, 18, 23–4, 26–9, 31, 35–7. Pencil marks, evidently made by later reader, pp. 5 (outer margin, facing l. 1), 6 (outer margin, facing ll. 10, 17, and perhaps also ll. w, x), 7 (facing ll. 10, 12). Staining of upper edges and corners, and especially of lower inner corners of all leaves.
Scribal notes: (a) 6.z. `a Dhia mhóir.' (b) 8.z. `uch ach a Dhía dena trocaire orum anois.' See also p. 38.z below.
Notes and jottings. (a) 3, outer margin, transversely. `m[? a]nd'
1. [Nicolaus Leonicenus, Aphorismi Hippocratis bks 1–3, 4 (in part).] Beg. Vita breuis ars uero longa, occasio autem praeceps: experimentum periculosum iudicium. difficile \dots .i. O ta anealadha co fada 7 an betha go gerr 7 aimsir an leighis co hobann 7 na dearbhtha co guasachtach 7 brethamhnus an leighis co decrach. [Bk 1] beg. p. 1.1; , 10.1;  20.6 (`Tosach an .3. lebuir annso', 20.7);  30.10 (`Tosach in .4.adh pairtegail annso', 30.9). Incomplete. Ends here (with aphorism 4.46) Si rigor [ms with final r represented by point] incidat febre non defitiente, aegro iam tebili letale est .i. da tti rigor 7 gan in fiabrus do loighdiughadh 7 an corp co hanbfann foillsidh bás (p. 38.z) `och ach'. Aphorisms unnumbered except for aphorism 1.4 numbered `4' (p. 3.5, inner margin). Aphorism 4.3 (p. 30.y–z), Latin only, with following space for Irish translation blank. Corresponds to Nicolaus Leonicenus, Nicolai Leoniceni Vicentini in libros Galeni e Graeca in Latinam linguam a se translatos praefatio communis \dots Galeni in Aphorismos Hippocratis, cum ipsis aphorismis, eodem Nicolao Leoniceno interprete (Ferrara 1509), ff. 1r4–42r4 (second numeration) [excluding commentary], and to National Library of Ireland ms G 453, ff. 9r1–28rz.
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