Codices. Manuscripts, English -- 17th century. Manuscripts, European.
Notes on astronomy, meteorology, mineralogy, metallurgy and physiology, by an unidentified author. According to Christopher Hilton of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, comparison of this manuscript with Wellcome MS.1035 suggests that the manuscript is a copy of lecture notes from Cambridge University. This System of physicks corresponds closely to one owned by Daniel Baker of St. Andrew's Holborn, London, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (admitted March 1680/1), who was later resident at Penn, Buckinghamshire. Includes first-hand observations and mentions the findings of "Dr. Beal of the Royal Society," quotes from Gadbury the Commonwealth astrologer, etc.
Ms. codex. Title from caption title (v. 1, p. 1). Pagination: v. 1: Paper, 98; [ii], 1-189, , [iv]; v. 2: Paper, 93; [vi], 1-68, 68-173, [vi]; contemporary pagination in ink, upper center. Script: Written in a cursive script by what appears to be a single hand. Decoration: Contains ink drawings throughout. Binding: Contemporary calf. Cover is badly split and worn; the leather is coming off the boards in places. Covers detached. Origin: Written on 11 February 1689 (v. 2, p. 173). Also compare with A systeme of physicks, 1670 at the American Philosophical Society Library (530\Sy8). A facsimile copy of this manuscript is shelved with Ms. Codex 203. Gift of the American Philosophical Society.
Formerly owned by C. Fitzwalter (signature, inside upper cover, v. 2). Acquired (possibly bought from Colin Richardson), 1956.
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 51 (Ms. English 11).