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Breviarium medicinae


Tractatus primus breuiarij Ioannis filij Serapionis medici. Inquit Ioannes.
Breviarium medicinae. Translated by Gerardus Cremonensis.
Provenance: Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow: armorial bookplate on front pastedown “Library of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow” bearing superseded shelfmark in ink “49 i 16” and partially overlaid with a later armorial bookplate of the College; possibly purchased by the College in 1869/1870 since the Librarian’s annual reports in the Faculty minutes of 1869 and 1870 both make special mention of purchases of “works of the older medical authors”; source unknown; first appears in Alexander Duncan’s 'Alphabetical catalogue of the library of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow' (Glasgow: 1885).
Binding: 18th-century blind-tooled calf; covers decorated with a triple fillet to form two concentric rectangles, the inner rectangle decorated with a floral roll along its inner edges and with a floral ornament at each outer corner; sprinkled red-edged leaves; rebacked (20th century); original title label put back, original pastedowns retained but given new free endpapers; one original flyleaf at rear with watermark “H L”.
Fairly frequent marginal annotations in a humanist hand (some slightly cropped); frequent pointing hands in gathering o; early number “litt. 230” on t8v; set of figures (monetary?) in an 18th-century hand on t8r; 18th-century(?) code “Cl dm” in ink on front pastedown, together with numbers in pencil “18”, “42”, “2”; 19th-century code “s/f”(?) in pencil on rear pastedown.
Initials supplied in alternate blue and red throughout; occasional paragraph marks in red; small pen-and-ink marginal drawings of flowers on o1v and o2r, and of a dog’s head on p1v.
Signatures: Fol. a-b8 c6 d-h8 hh8 i8 k-n6.8 o-p6 q-t8. [150] leaves (the first blank).
Catalogued as part of the Glasgow Incunabula Project.


Ibn Serapion, Yúhānnā, active 9th century


Anno d[omi]ni M.cccc.lxxix in kalendis mensis agusti.
1 August 1479


Bookstore IBN(2)


Rainaldi de Nouimage[nsis Alemani ...] [Reynaldus de Novimagio]


Impressa Uenetijs [Venice]


Bound as the second item (and including a general colophon for both works) with: Serapion, Johannes, the Younger [pseudo-]. Liber Serapionis aggregatus in medicinis simplicibus. Venice: Reynaldus de Novimagio, 8 June 1479.



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Physical Dimensions

Leaf size: 293 x 203 mm.
Binding: 303 x 210 mm.

Breviarium medicinae

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Leaf size: 293 x 203 mm.
Binding: 303 x 210 mm.


Breviarium medicinae
Breviarium medicinae
Breviarium medicinae



Ibn Serapion, Yúhānnā, active 9th century, “Breviarium medicinae,” Heritage, accessed March 4, 2024,