Medical receipts and commonplace book, [1617?].

Manuscript, Book
Modern Greek (1453-)
1 v. ([433] leaves) : paper ; 15.5 x 10 cm.


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Summary note
This manuscript is a collection of texts from the circles of the Greek academies of Romania, either those of Bucharest or Jassy. Consists of a medical receipts and a vast number of extracts from classical and medieval medical treatises, recipes, etc. Includes pieces from medical authors, treatises on various disorders and prescriptions for their remedy, on the medical virtue of herbs, lists of antidotes and curative charms. Some pieces are religious tracts or sections on astronomy, chronology, and grammar. The writer gives his name as Constantine, son of Thomas Rhizotes, of Vranania [Vranitsa], with the date 1617. Elsewhere in the volume he speaks of himself as "by profession a physician."
  • Origin: Written in Moldavia? ca. 1617.
  • Decoration: head-pieces, decorated initials, and some marginal decoration.
Language note
Text in vernacular Greek.
  • 1. fols. 1-71vr: Diathēkē tōn triōn iatrōn... [medical receipts].
  • 2. fols. 72r-166v: [medical receipts with botanical and pharmaceutical subjects]. fols. 117r-120v [blank].
  • 3. fols. 121r-141v: ...peri logōn merikōn tin ōphelēmōn...
  • 4. fols. 142r-169r: [text, probably a homily, by John Chrysostom, bishop of Antioch].
  • 5. fols. 169v-193r: Physiologos.
  • 6. fols. 193v-208v: [miscellaneous prose and verse].
  • 7. fols. 209r-298v: [miscellaneous classical texts with grammatical analysis, medical texts, etc.].
  • 8. fols. 299r-433v: [medical receipts].
Owned by J.G. Cook of Ilchester, England in 1953, at which time it was inspected by T.C. Skeat, Deputy Keeper of the British Museum.
Source acquisition
Purchase; Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund; 2003 Acc. no., AM 2003-90.
Cite as
Princeton Greek MS. 17, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other title(s)
Commonplace book.
Other standard number
  • C0879 (Princeton Greek MS. 17)
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