FEATURES – Codex on parchment, 176 x 115 mm, 460 pp.
ORIGIN – Italy: Florence.
CHRONOLOGY – 13th century.
PATRONAGE – Frederick II of Hohenstaufen (1194-1250).
FORMER OWNERS – Medici family: Cosimo di Giovanni de’ Medici called the Elder (1389-1464) acquired it for the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana.
GENRE – Treatises / Secular books; Medicine / Botany.
CONTENTS – The manuscript contains the main medical and pharmacological knowledge of Medieval Europe, and includes excerpts from various texts e.g. De herbarum virtutibus by Pseudo-Apuleio and Medicinis ex libris feminis et masculinis by Pseudo-Dioscorides.
LANGUAGE – Latin.
DECORATION – 510 miniatures of plants, animals and descriptive scenes of the contexts in which the treatments were applied.
STYLE – Byzantine; Romanesque.
Data sheet: Illuminated Facsimiles