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Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College MS 176/97
MS Appellation:Medical miscellany
Title:Contains extracts from Chaucer and Gower
Author:Chaucer and Gower
Contents:1) Of Phlebotomie (english tract on blood-letting) 1-11; 2) miscellaneous notes and short texts in verse or prose 12-13; 3) tract on the kalendar These termes of the newe kalender..., 13-21, with 22 mostly blank with one scribble; 4) A pure balade of love and the Confessio Amantis extract, 23 with medicinal notes on 24 (the verso) in 16th-century hand, followed by blank pages 25-32, notes on zodiac, more blanks; treatise on medicine in 42 chapters, in another hand, 37-228 'Prologus istius tractatus secundum linguam maternam' on top p. 37 in rubric.
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:1475-1525
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:1 paper stub + 2 blank paper flyleaves + text block of pages 1-228 (so 114 folios) + 2 blank paper flyleaves
Pagination:Pagination on rectos only, 1-227, modern arabic numbers in ink, upper outer corners recto.
Quiring:From James catalogue, p. 201: 124 (1 replaced, six leaves (?all blank) cut out in the second half 2-520 (one replaced, one cancelled in 2nd half) 620 (wants 1, 9, 10).
Catchwords:None in first booklet.
Page Size:216 x 148
Writing Space:Page 23 170 x c. 90
Marginal Headings:By scribes who wrote texts, none on 12 except 'lenvoye' by scribe in left margin beside the envoy; on p. 23, 'a pure balade of love' may be by a different hand.
Flourished Initials:On p. 23 the initials of each line of the two short pieces here are touched with red. Red is used in similar ways on pages 12-13 (notes relating to earls, barons etc on 12 and verses on the 7 spices, etc on 13) but no other coloured ink in the first part of the MS.
Miscellaneous Info:May have been two separate booklets, since hands so different; or combined by someone with interest in medicine since some texts in early part also relate to medicine.
Further Information:James catalogue 201-203.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP