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Mid 15th century
Medieval and Early Modern manuscripts
A collection of remedies written by the same scribe throughout.
1. ff. 1r-95v A collection of 1073 prescriptions or recipes for the treatment of diseases and injuries, and for the making of plasters, ointments, electuaries, etc. in English.
2. ff. 96r-97v A Medico-Botanical Glossary. A short and incomplete glossary of the names of plants with their synonyms and properties, in alphabetical order. This glossary closely resembles that known as Alphita, of which the principal manuscripts are in the Bodleian, the British Museum, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. It is very incomplete and ends with the letter F, but the entries per letter are much fewer than those of Alphita or of the somewhat similar Sinonomia Bartholomei contained in a manuscript at Pembroke College, Oxford. (The Oxford manuscripts of both the glossaries have been published by J. L. G. Mowat, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Vol. i, part i (1882); part ii (1887).) The text is in Latin, but the Scribe has written the English names of the herbs in the margin.
3. ff.98r-v Recipes, in English.