Leiden, University Library, MS VLF 96A Leiden Leechbook

  • Latin
  • Early Irish, Brittonic
  • s. ix/x
  • Breton manuscripts
  • Breton manuscripts
  • vellum
Collection: Vossianus
Latinus in folio 96A
Leiden Leechbook
Breton medicine and medical writing Welsh medicine and medical writing Irish medicine and medical writing
Medical compilation or 'leechbook'

Four texts:

  • f. 1r-v: two medical texts in Latin, containing recipes; with an Irish gloss on f. 1v.
  • f. 2r: multilingual text, accompanied by glosses in 'Neo-Brythonic' (i.e. Welsh, Cornish or Breton, or a form ancestral to them)
  • f. 2v: prescriptive medical text in Latin
Provenance and related aspects
Latin Secondary: Early Irish, Brittonic
s. ix/x
9th or 10th century.
Origin, provenance
Hands, scribes
Codicological information


Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

Falileyev, Alexander, and Morfydd E. Owen, The Leiden leechbook. A study of the earliest Neo-Brittonic medical compilation, Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft, Sonderheft 122, Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen der Universität Innsbruck, 2005.
Stokes, Whitley, “A Celtic leechbook”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 1 (1897): 17–25.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Lambert, Pierre-Yves, “Le fragment médical latin et vieux-breton du manuscrit de Leyde, Vossianus lat. fo 96A”, Bulletin de la Société archéologique du Finistère 65 (1986): 315–327.
Stuart, Heather, “A ninth century account of diets and dies aegyptiaci”, Scriptorium 33:2 (1979): 237–244. <link>
Bremmer, Rolf H., and Kees Dekker, Manuscripts in the Low Countries, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile 13, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 321, Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006.
85–88 (no. 156a)
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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