Surgical and medical

16th cent. Vellum. 20–20.5 x 15.5–16 cm (pp. 15–16, 20.5 x 13–15 cm). Pp. 16 numbered 2–16 (p. [1] unnumbered); two endpapers front and back (numbered in pencil i–iv and v–viii, respectively). No scribal signature.

Collation: i8. Bound in paper cover, red with gold pattern, faded; upper two stab holes visible where stitching has disappeared; stitch-holes and traces of tacketing from an earlier binding. Label bearing number `H / 6 / 22' in heavy black ink affixed to centre of front cover; typed label `1698' affixed to lower inner corner of front cover and covered with cellulose tape; numbers `H. 6.22 [cancelled] / 1698' (in pencil) on p. i, and `No 1698 / H 6.22' (in pencil) on p. iv; `D. Laing / Bought at the Sale of / Sir Wm M. Bannatyne's Library', p. iv; `Medical Treatise on surgical cases/ and diseases of the head/ s. xv' (in pencil), p. iv; `This is a very well written fragment – treating of / surgical cases and diseases of the head. / Eugene O'Curry / M.R.I.A. / Dublin.', foll. by `Misi Eóghan ó Cómhraidhe. / a n-Áth Cliath. / mdccclm.', p. v; `Pagination / completed / 21/4/94 / S[tuart] O S[eanóir]' (in pencil), inside back cover. `No V', `JC / [? D.] M. D. [? S.]' and `London 5th January 1803 / John Mackenzie', p. [1], upper margin; `London 5th. January 1803 / John Mackenzie', p. 16 in space originally left blank; marked `Medical', p. [1], inner margin (transversely).

Single column, ruled in brown, 30–43 lines; traces of pricking for single column visible in upper and lower margins of several leaves (distinct in e.g. pp. 3–6) at level of top and bottom horizontal text-lines; first line of incipits in display script, pp. [1] (with elaborate initial) and 6; guide-letter `d' written in margin and space reserved for 5-line ornamental initial p. 6 but corresponding initial not filled in. Vellum defective, pp. 15–16; slight holes in outer margin of pp. 1–6, in upper inner corners of pp. 9–12, and in lower half of pp. 13–16; front and back pages stained, rubbed and worn with obscuring or loss of some letters, particularly at p. 1.4–5, 9–10, w–y, and at line-ends in p. 16.1–10.

Notes and jottings: (a) p. 10, upper margin. `Do' [repeating first word of p. 10.1].

[1].   [Petrus de Argellata, Chirurgia, excerpts.] Beg. (i) Pro cecundo capitulo huius tractatus est siendum 7 cetera .i. dleagur afhis cum tuicsina in .2. caibidil don tractad [so corrected from o] cofuil cuid dona cnedaib marbtac co heigintac 7 cuid ele gan beith marbtac co heigintac [= de Argellata Chirurgia (Venice 1481) bk 1, tr. 3, ch. 2 (`De vulnere vesice'), f. 19rb8]. Ends mar ordaightear annsa leabur praitice eli 7rl– (p. 6.27) [= de Argellata, bk 1, tr. 3, ch. 4 (`De accidentibus aduenientibus in dissolutis continuitatibus'), f. 21rb44]. Corresponds to RIA ms 474 (24 P 26), pp. 229.1–234.34. (ii) Leigheas annso ceandsaigheas gach uili teinneas cnead (p. 6.28). Ends 7 cuir mar ceirin 7 icaid 7 cetera (p. 6.32). Corresponds to RIA 474 (24 P 26), p. 225.14–19 [= de Argellata, bk 1, tr. 2, ch. 11 (`De medicinis sedantibus dolorem'), f. 18rb11–17].

6.33.   Compilatory treatise on wounds. Beg. Doleigis cnead 7 creacht 7 nescoididh cofoirfe andso mar adeir an ealada .i. danaibiugad 7 dfas a feola 7 docosc a nainmfheola. Ends 7 glanaid co maith hí 7 do beir gné alainn arís uirre `Finit' (p. 11.22). Treatise evidently comprises four distinct parts, as follows: [i] pp. 6.33–10.8 and 10.25–7, corresponding to ms 1436, pp. 117a1–120a20 and 120a20–28, respectively, i.e. to part [iii] of the compilation entitled `An leabhar cneadh': see 1436, p. 113 above [account of 1436 forthcoming]; [ii] p. 10.8–24 (beg. Deoch arnemh cuisleann annso .i. macall 7 caegma bithnua 7 slan lus, p. 10.8), a set of seven receipts for a suppurating vein, six of which occur at 1436, p. 111.1–8, where they comprise an independent collection: see 1436, p. 111 above [account of 1436 forthcoming]; [iii] pp. 10.w–11.22 (beg. Uinnimint [? crecht; ms cr\=s] annso .i. calmint 7 puliél ruidél 7 bitóine, p. 10.27), a set of three receipts for the wounded; and [iv] p. 11.13–22 (beg. Do leigeas na fheithead gerrtar no ghointear o armaibh, p. 11.13), a set of five receipts that correspond to G 11, p. 337b3–19, where they comprise the bulk of the short treatise on cut or wounded sinews that occurs at G 11, p. 337.3–29: see Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland fasc. 1 (Dublin 1967) 81.

11.23.   Receipt for an oxymel. Beg. Ocsimul annso danid ainm diapigaón 7 is amhlaid so donitear é .i. gab cuimín 7 maethaigh anaigéid 7 cruaghaidh ainnsein é ar iarunn te. Ends 7 neartaigid an gaili anbhunn 7 an dileagad (p. 11.27).

11.29.   Tract on diseases of the hair and head. Beg. Do ghallraib anfhuilt annso 7 ar tus donagallraib bís nabharr 7 is dibh séin an cudum. First section ends bainne con dochur faninadh lom 7 ní fhasfa an folt 7 cetera (p. 12.y). Foll. sections beg. (a) Do turnamh 7 doleigeas cnoc in cind .i. an ceann do bearrad 7 anighi asugh anchamamilla 7 ahaigéid 7 icaid (p. 12.z); (b) Do gallraib in chinn ann so 7 bíth [a fis upper margin] agaibh cofhuiled .4. ranna aranceand (p. 14.3); (c) Dotoghairm in codulta annso déntur supositorium .i. gabh opium 7 ola na saili chuach (p. 16.13). Ends Item mughdhoman do ól 7 icaid (p. 16.30). Note that this text occurs, in a slightly abbreviated form, in NLI G 11, pp. 271a1–274a9, 274a20–40, where it comprises the bulk of the opening two sections (i.e. G 11, pp. 271a1–274a40) of the compilation on diseases of the body a capite ad calcem that occurs on pp. 271–84 of that ms: see Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland fasc. 1 (Dublin 1967) 78–9. Remainder of column blank except for name of later owner (see above).

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