Dawson, Warren R. (ed.)

A Leechbook or Collection of Medical Recipes of the Fifteenth Century

  • First edition, first impression of this transcription of a 15th-century medical manuscript. A lovely copy in a very fresh example of the dust jacket. The contents include the complete Middle English text alongside a transcription into modern spelling, as well as an introduction, notes, and appendix.

    The manuscript in question is a mid-15th century collection of 1,073 medical recipes covering a variety of ailments and injuries, most using herbs and occasionally minerals and animal ingredients. There is also information on bloodletting, astrological medicine, humours, lucky and unlucky days, and the gathering of herbs. The final leaves contain an incomplete medico-botanical glossary. The original manuscript, now held at the Wellcome Library (Ms.Msl.136), was likely a compilation, and is closely related to manuscripts in the British Library.

  • The text of MS. 136 of the Medical Society of London, Together with a Transcript into Modern Spelling, Transcribed and Edited with an Introduction, Notes and Appendix. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited for the Royal Society of Literature, 1934. Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine and crest to upper board gilt. With the dust jacket. Just a couple of tiny spots on the edges of the text block, light partial tanning of the endpapers. A superb copy in excellent condition, in the very fresh jacket with just a little rubbing at the extremities and faint toning along the lower edge.

Collections: Medicine & Anatomy

Category: Dust Jackets, Gifts

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