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Canon medicinae, liber V, 1380

Identifier: MS 4


This is a Spanish manuscript from circa 1380, which contains Avicenna's Canon medicinae, liber V, translated by Gherardo da Sabbioneta.


  • 1380


1 Volumes



Custodial History

Typed note glued to inside front cover suggests that the text was "probably" written in Spain; early provenance unknown; purchased in 1949 from H. P. Kraus by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate).


  1. Avicenna, 980-1037, author
  2. Gherardo da Sabbioneta, translator

Other related names

  1. Kraus, H.P., former owner
  2. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  3. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Howard L. Goodhart to Bryn Mawr College in 1951.

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Physical Description

The text begins defectively and some leaves are corroded by ink; the edges of some leaves are worn away, resulting in a slight loss of text, especially on fol. 1. Written by a single scribe in gothic cursive; marginal notes in the same hand.

Paper support. Paper (thick, poor quality, no watermarks), f. i (modern paper) + iii (contemporary paper, tipped in, i=pastedown, now detatched, iii ruled) + 73 + iii (contemporary paper) +i (modern paper), 304 x 220 (246 x 172) mm.

Late 19th-century vellum binding with two vellum clasps. On spine in lead: "Avicenna" and on a torn paper label in ink: "43**"

iv+73+iv; 304 x 224 mm bound to 311 x 228 mm

Single column, twenty-seven to thirty-one lines, no ruling; written area: 260 x 184 mm

Gothic cursive script

Spaces for initials left unfilled, but guide letters for decorator are visible.

Modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto

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