Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI

Ms. Codex 133 De coloribus urinae ... etc.


De coloribus urinae ... etc.

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Ms. Codex 133
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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The University of Pennsylvania Libraries


Italian, in the Northeastern (Venetian?) vernacular


Written in northern Italy in the mid-16th century (ca. 1540-1550?).
between 1525 and 1575


Treatise on urine, translated from Latin by Gioan Francesco Ymolensis. About 100 paragraphs in length. Consists of medical instructions that are diagnostic, therapeutic and medicative in nature. Lists diagnostic symptoms which a physician should observe in the urine of his patient, and the conclusions to be drawn about the patient's condition from its color, consistency and peculiar appearance. According to the colophon (f. 9r), which the writer took from an older manuscript, this "very beautiful treatise" was originally written in Latin "for the use of an accomplished surgeon" (per uso di maistro bonissimo cirviano), and translated into the Venetian (or Northeast Italian) vernacular, on 31 March 1429, by a doctor from Imola who calls himself Gioan Francesco Ymolensis (f. 9r). Also includes three other short medical texts: Ad amazare li vermi in lo corpo dele creature (on destroying parasitic worms in the intestines; f. 9v-11r); Pillole de agarico (f. 13r-v; with a second section titled Pillores aureis); and Inguenti (title from Zacour-Hirsch), a collection of unguents and medical recipes, beginning with Inguento baselicon and including remedies against syphilis and the plague (f. 14r-[17]v). These additions were evidently added by the copyist and were not part of the original treatise on urine.



Anchor and monogram PM with star.


21 leaves : 208 x 153 (162 x 97) mm. bound to 218 x 153 mm


Paper, 21; 1²²( -1); [v], 1-11, 13-16, [17]; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto. Last folio appears to be numbered 12; however, it does not seem to out of place.




18th-century Italian paper over cardboard with vellum spine.


  • Written in a northern Italian cancelleresca script by what appears to be a single hand.
  • Provenance

    Subjects topical



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