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England, s. XV3/4
ff. 1-134v: Hic incipit prologus in librum uricrisiarum Ricardi Dodd, Dilecto socio in christo Magistro Waltero de Ketene Frater Henricus Daniell Ordinis Fratrum predicatorum servulus Ihesu christi et virginis matris eius. Amantissime socie pluries et instanter rogasti me ut de iudiciis urinarum saltem manipulum unum florum tibi carpam atque vel breviter tibi scribam et hoc ydiomate in vulgari…[f. 2:] et habet 20 capitula in quorum 20 capitulorum ultimum est de regulas [sic] ysaac quas ipse [?] dat in decima particula libri sui de urinis. Explicit prologus in librum uricrisiarum, primum Capitulum, Uryne is as mekyll for to sayne in Anglish as on in þe reynes Reyns freynsh Renes latyn lendis in Anglish…[f. 21v:] Incipith 2 liber uricrisiarum de coloribus in generali et de minero [sic for “numero”?] colorum, Primum Capitulum, Aftir this thinges that ben seide in the fyrst trete…[f. 105v:] Incipit liber tercius, In the furst boke hit is seid principaly howe and in whate wyse and where vrin ys gendred…and fordone prowe exces of the malis of þe matere and of the maladye. Explicit liber uricrisiarum et cetera. [S]ic ergo cunctorum tradidi doctrinas eorum/ Quos reperivi vel quos reperire petivi…Laus tibi unigenite qui labor [sic] explicit iste/ Tu qui eterne manes hunc conservare digneris. Explicit liber uricrisiarum ex ex [sic] latino in vulgare editus a Fratre I [rubric left incomplete?].
Kaeppeli, SOPMA 1747. Thorndike and Kibre, col. 1608. Henry Daniel, Liber Uricrisiarum or Dome of Urines, an English compilation based on the Latin of Constantinus Africanus, itself a translation of Isaac Judaeus; see R. H. Robbins, “Medical Manuscripts in Middle English,” Speculum 45 (1970) 399 footnote 14. The text in HM 505 has the Latin prologue, Bk. 1 (4 chapters), Bk. 2 (said in the prologue to comprise 17 chapters, but with 18 in the manuscript, numbered 1-12, 10, 7, 77-79, 81), Bk. 3 (said in the prologue to comprise 20 chapters, but with 30 in the manuscript, numbered 1-21, 23-24, 26-30, 32-33); the Latin verse epilogue gives the date of composition as 1379. Within the text are 2 English poems: in Bk. 2, chapter 6, f. 60v, “Tred eke the kennyth/ Sonday whate letter on rennyth…While þou lyuist in erthe. Nascitur proprie [?] Nos et Garlandus,” for which see Schuler, n. 553 and Hanna, “Addenda,” n. 62; the second English poem, in Bk. 2, chapter 7, f. 75v, “As holy wrytt wytnesse and telle/ There [sic] thingis shull neuer ben full felle…Sely is he that this evill fleen/ For the peyne of hell shall he not sene,” for which see Hanna, “Addenda,” n. 2.
Paper (Couronne similar to Briquet 4846, Genoa 1465) and one added parchment leaf (f. 60); ff. iv (modern paper) + 134 + iv (modern paper); 343 × 240 (235-239 × 154) mm. 1-412 512(+ 11, f. 60) 6-1012 1112 12 (? 1 leaf remains). Quire and leaf signatures in letters, a-m, and arabic numerals (“m i” on f. 134); quires also numbered in extreme outer corner of first leaf recto by a later hand. Catchwords towards inner margin in red frames or underscored in red or ink of text; those on ff. 36v, 109v, 121v do not match following leaf, but text apparently flows uninterrupted. 35-42 long lines, frame ruled in lead; round prick marks visible in the 3 outer margins. Written in an anglicana script with some secretary characteristics. 7- to 2-line red initials with blue flourishing in quires 1-3, 5, 9; similar initials but with flourishing in the ink of the text in quires 6-8; spaces reserved in quires 4 (f. 45v) and 12 (f. 134v); 1-line initials in the text slashed in red; occasional decorated bottom-line descenders, paragraph marks, underlining of the side notes, deletions and rubrics in red; running headlines usually in red, sometimes filled in in ink of the text. Contemporary foliation on ff. 2-64, omitting the inserted leaf, f. 60. Five diagrams in red and black ink: f. 17, a circular diagram of the winds, enclosing a cross, each arm of which gives 6 items: a cardinal direction, a wind, a season, a temperament, an element, an age, and the qualities common to these; e.g., beginning at the top with the East: Oriens, Eurus, Estas, Colera, Ignis, Iuventus, and their qualities, Calidus et Siccus; f. 60v, on an added parchment leaf, a circular diagram for determining the dominical letter and leap year (the English verses cited above mention a thread which presumably was once fastened through the hole at the center of the diagram; 28 small holes follow the inner circumference of the diagram); f. 62v, a circular chart with the planets and the signs of the zodiac; ff. 64v and 65, astrological tables, the first with months, the second with days. Bound in red straight grain morocco, signed by William H. Smith (perhaps designed by Douglas Cockerell); gilt edges on the rough. Written in England during the third quarter of the fifteenth century. The book was apparently copied for Richard Dod (possibly the barber surgeon of London mentioned by C. H. Talbot, Medicine in Medieval England, London 1967, p. 187) whose name appears in the first rubric. On f. 60v, s. XV/XVI, “Richard Minne Pretium 5 s.” Sold by John Denley, a London bookdealer, to Sir Thomas Phillipps in 1826. Phillipps n. 10603; Phillipps sales, Sotheby’s, 15 June 1908, lot 199 to Madden; this same manuscript (?) resold, Sotheby’s, 19 May 1913, lot 961 to Quaritch. Quaritch Cat. 344 (1916) n. 13 and Handlist (1923) n. 13. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington from Quaritch in April 1925.
Secundo folio: [f. 2, Prologue] Se debet hebere; [f. 3, Text] more suptill
Bibliography: De Ricci, 72.
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
Hanna, “Addenda”
R. Hanna, “The Index of Middle English Verse and Huntington Library Collections: a Checklist of Addenda,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 74 (1980) 235-58
Kaeppeli, SOPMA
T. Kaeppeli, Scriptores ordinis praedicatorum medii aevi (Rome 1970- )
R. M. Schuler, English Magical and Scientific Poems to 1700 (New York 1979)
Thorndike and Kibre
L. Thorndike and P. Kibre, A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin. Mediaeval Academy of America Publications 29 (Cambridge Massachusetts, 2nd ed. 1963)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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