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Erbario Oversize LJS 419
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Manuscript Overview
References
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Abstract

Illustrated herbal with three styles of illustration: one group of illustrations following medieval conventions, sometimes with fantastic elements such as human faces, on recto pages through most of the manuscript; another, rougher but more generally somewhat more naturalistic group in ink outline, on verso pages or added alongside earlier color illustrations; and a third group of naturalistic color illustrations of plants including roots, leaves, flowers and fruit on verso pages. Approximately a quarter of the illustrations are accompanied by notes on medicinal properties and preparations of the plants, written in the same ink as the ink outline illustrations, mostly in Italian (the Italian usage suggests the text was written in the Veneto), but occasionally in Latin or a mix of both languages; the notes are written around and sometimes over the illustrations.

Physical Description

Support: paper; Extent: 100 leaves : 245 x 176 mm. bound to 254 x 190 mm; Collation: Paper, 100; 1¹ 2¹⁰(-1) 3-10⁸ 11³ 12⁸(-1) 13-14⁸; [i], 1-99, foliation in ink, upper right recto.

Script

Written in humanistic cursive script.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title from upper cover.

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Spine

Keywords
15th century
Italy
Italian
Paper
Science -- Medicine
Illustration
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Place of Origin

Italy

Date

Written in northern Italy in the 15th century.

Binding

Contemporary (15th-century) limp parchment; remnants of ties on 3 sides; Erbario in ink on upper cover.

Language

Italian and Latin

Provenance

Formerly owned by Rafael Gomes (signature on bottom band pasted to f. 1r).

Formerly owned by Leo S. Olschki; sold at auction as part of his collection at William S. Kündig (Geneva), sale 95 (23 June 1948), lot 42.

Formerly owned by Carleton R. Richmond, president of the Boston Athenaeum and the American Antiquarian Society; sold at auction as part of his collection at Sotheby Parke Bernet (New York), 30 Oct. 1981, lot 68.

Formerly owned by Henri Schiller (Paris).

Sold by Sam Fogg to Lawrence J. Schoenberg, June 2001.

Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2012.

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Place of Origin

Italy

Date

Written in northern Italy in the 15th century.

Language

Italian and Latin

Provenance

Formerly owned by Rafael Gomes

Formerly owned by Leo S. Olschki; sold at auction as part of his collection at William S. Kündig

Formerly owned by Carleton R. Richmond, president of the Boston Athenaeum and the American Antiquarian Society; sold at auction as part of his collection at Sotheby Parke Bernet

Formerly owned by Henri Schiller

Sold by Sam Fogg to Lawrence J. Schoenberg, June 2001.

Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2012.

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

Illustrated herbal with three styles of illustration: one group of illustrations following medieval conventions, sometimes with fantastic elements such as human faces, on recto pages through most of the manuscript; another, rougher but more generally somewhat more naturalistic group in ink outline, on verso pages or added alongside earlier color illustrations; and a third group of naturalistic color illustrations of plants including roots, leaves, flowers and fruit on verso pages. Approximately a quarter of the illustrations are accompanied by notes on medicinal properties and preparations of the plants, written in the same ink as the ink outline illustrations, mostly in Italian (the Italian usage suggests the text was written in the Veneto), but occasionally in Latin or a mix of both languages; the notes are written around and sometimes over the illustrations.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title from upper cover.

Script note

Written in humanistic cursive script.

References
Binding Images

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Spine

Keywords
15th century
Italy
Italian
Paper
Science -- Medicine
Illustration
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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