Herbolaire Estense

ALTERNATIVE TITLES
Dictionar Gallicum Herbarum; Herbolaire Estense; Fascination of Medicinal Plants; Grant Herbier; Faszination Heilpflanzen.
CURRENT LOCATION
Italy, Modena, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Est.28=α.M.5.9.
FACSIMILE EDITION
Herbolaire Estense: Imago (Castel Guelfo, 2006). Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document: the facsimile reproduces as close as possible the codicological characteristics of the original document; the binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment. Limited edition: 324 copies. Commentary. Slipcase.
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FEATURES – Codex on parchment, 292 x 205 mm, 340 pp.
ORIGIN – France.
CHRONOLOGY – 15th century: 1470 ca.
FORMER OWNERS – Honoré d’Urfé (17th century).
GENRE – Treatises / Secular books; Medicine / Botany.
CONTENTS – Description of more than 500 plants and animals organized, in alphabetical order; each description is accompanied with an illustration. The manuscript is related to the work of the Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist Pedanius Dioscorides, who lived during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero.
LANGUAGE – French.
SCRIPT – Gothic bastarda.
SCRIBE – Jehan Duboys (whose name appears in the beginning of the manuscript) was probably the copyist. He also added comments to the text.
DECORATION – Richly illuminated with 355 images of plants, flowers and roots, 26 images of animals or minerals and 10 farm scenes
STYLE – Renaissance.


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