Pharmacological etc. miscellany.
Austria or Bohemia, [between 1400 and 1425]
Material is open for research.
Manuscript on paper of a miscellany. The manuscript seems to be a compilation organized, corrected and expanded by a single person specialized in pharmacology and medicine and interested in natural history, encyclopedical knowledge and history.
Purchased on the Edwin J. Beinecke fund from Laurence Witten in 1984.
In Latin with some Czech (?), German, and Hebrew.
Watermarks: crown (var. Briquet 4616?), circles (var. Briquet 3194?), bull's head (?).
Script: Copied by various scribes, writing Gothica Cursiva Libraria or Currens in various sizes, often very small; ff. 127r-143r, 7 are in a markedly different, larger form of Gothica Cursiva Libraria.
The decoration is unevenly spread: heightening of majuscules and plain initials in red. On ff. 162-170 alternance of red and green initials, on f. 162r flourished initial in the same colours. Artt. 21 and 22 are not illustrated, although the text mentions figurae.
At many places the paper is deteriorated by the acidity of the ink.
Binding: Original limp parchment. A bifolium from a German manuscript in Gothica Cursiva, worn and stained, lined with a German document on parchment in Gothica Cursiva Antiquior/Recentior. Leather spine stiffener with ornamental stitching.
Record created by Beinecke staff from catalog description by Albert Derolez.
Pharmacological, etc. Miscellany. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Alchemy -- Early works to 1800.
Christian literature, Latin (Medieval and modern)
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Connecticut -- New Haven.
Medicine, Medieval.
Natural history -- Early works to 1800.
Pharmacology -- Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Austria -- 15th century. local
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Bohemia (Czech Republic) -- 15th century. local
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library.
Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science
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