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Antidotarium, 1375 - 1399

Identifier: MS 14


This is a manuscript of Nicholas of Salerno's Antidotarium, a twelfth century book of medicinal recipes, dating from the last quarter of the fourteenth century, most likely from England. Likely provenance includes the Hale family of Alderley, based on the bookplate on fol. 33v. It appears to be in its original parchment binding.


  • 1375 - 1399


1 Volumes



Custodial History

The text is attributed to Nicholas of Salerno (Nicolaus Salernitanus), an Italian physician, and was composed in the first half of the 12th century. This copy probably written in England, in the last quarter of the 14th century; early provenance unknown. On f. 33v, bookplate of "Hale of Alderly," Gloucester, England, dated '41. Purchased from Maggs (typed description on detached sheet accompanies text) in 1949 by Howard L. Goodhart.


  1. Nicholas of Salerno (Nicolaus Salernitanus)

Other related names

  1. Hale of Alderly, Gloucester, former owner
  2. Maggs Bros. Ltd., bookseller
  3. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  4. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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Physical Description

Previously Goodhart 91. Marginal notations in the same hand throughout.

Parchment support.

Original parchment binding; single sheet folded at top and bottom and sewn with thread. Outside of spine reinforced with leather strip sewn to parchment.

Single column, twenty-four ruled lines with single vertical and upper horizontal bounding lines and double lower horizontal bounding lines, full across in ink; prickings visible in all three outer margins.

Gothic--textualis quadrata, written by a single scribe. Pen trials on ff. 1r, 9v, and 10r in lower margin.

Painted 3- to 4-line green initials on red penwork grounds with flourishes extending into the inner and upper margins mark major text divisions. Smaller 2-line initials and paragraph markers in red throughout.

Modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto; Collation: 1-5 (8), 6 (8, -8), 7 (8).

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