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Medical treatise ‘Notandum opera mirabilia que fecit altissimus’ – Fragment

Parchment · 1 bifolium · 1250 – 1300 CE · England · 201 x 145 mm and 190-201 x 140mm


Oxford, Bodleian Library, Arch. G e.5, Pastedown to upper board and front flyleaf
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One bifolium dating to the 13th century (2nd half), in an English cursive book-hand, consisting of the outer leaves of the first quire of an otherwise unattested treatise on ‘physic’ (theoretical medicine) that draws on 12th-century theology and medical theory, including the Practica chirurgica of Roger Frugard. It was originally positioned, in the codex discissus, at the head of a set of medical treatises, mostly taken from the Ars medicina. It is preserved alongside a leaf from an Office lectionary of French origin (Fragm. II, datable c. 1300), and together with fourteen sewing guards which are cuttings from leaves of a 13th-century English school or university manuscript.