Penn Library's LJS 419 - Herbal (Video Orientation)



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Video Orientation to the University of Pennsylvania Library's LJS 419, an 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.

Written in northern Italy in the 15th century.

Digital copies and a full record are available through Franklin:


Materia medica -- Early works to 1800, Materia medica, Botany Medical -- Early works to 1800, Botany Medical, Botany -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800, Botany, Codices (bound manuscripts), Herbals (reference sources), Manuscripts Italian -- 15th century, Manuscripts Latin -- 15th century, Manuscripts Renaissance, Pictorial works, Illustrated works, Illustrated works


Botany | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Renaissance Studies

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Penn Library's LJS 419 - Herbal (Video Orientation)