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Physician’s notebook

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Physician’s notebook
late 17th century -c1701
Level of description
Extent and format
Paper; ff. ii + 134. Duodecimo. Leather, brown, gilt-tooled. Circular bookstamp of Arthur Ashpitel, fol. ii verso.
Scope and content
Commonplacebook, compiled by a physician (cf. fols. 17v-18), including entries relating to sea-fights, sea-captains, Ireland, James II (from an anti-Catholic viewpoint), the education and intrigues of physicians, sundials, medical recipes, chiromancy, astronomy and astrology; late 17th century - c. 1701 (when the compiler was 73, cf. fol. 109). The substantial section on chiromancy (fols. 43v-100) includes detailed analyses of palms (with filled-in outlines of hands). Predictions from wrinkles on foreheads, fols. 93-4. The astrological material includes tables of ascensions of planets for 1627-1714 (fols. 101v-5v), relating to the compiler and including a few personal references (e.g. 'married', 1646), and similar tables for 1676-1706 (fols. 110v-11v), apparently relating to Joseph Jewett, born Norwich, 14 Sept. 1676 (fol. 109v, with biographical information). The compiler was possibly Joseph Jewett, medical practitioner of Norwich, whose son Joseph was admitted to Caius College, Cambridge, 9 June 1695, aged 18 (Venn, Al. Cantab.). Medical recipes added, fols. 1-2. Headings and initial words in red and green crayon throughout in the main text.
Jewett, Joseph (fl 1675-1700), physician of Norwich
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