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Today is World #ArabicLanguageDay so here's an image from one of @UniofOxford's oldest #Arabic manuscripts! It highlights not just the beauty of the script but also Islamic civilization's valuable scientific contributions & exchange with Europe (Bodle. Imago Tusciae – RSA Digital Resources. Digital Humanities – RSA Digital Resources. An Introduction to Medieval Ink. Botany : the Science of Beauty. Antonius Münchenbergs herb - Naturhistoriska riksmuseet.

Revisiting an Ancient Theory of Herbalism. HOW, I HAVE often wondered, did people first discover the highly specific applications of particular plants and herbs?

Revisiting an Ancient Theory of Herbalism

That ginseng improves energy, say, or that ginger alleviates nausea, or that horsetail, which contains silica, might help hair to grow? One theory, possibly apocryphal and certainly much maligned by modern medicine, is that the physical characteristics of plants themselves provided clues as to how they might be used. This notion, known among scholars of ethnobotany and practitioners of herbal medicine as the doctrine of signatures, holds that plants have a “signature” — color, texture, shape, scent, even the environment in which they grow — that resembles the body parts and diseases they heal.

Thus bloodroot, or Sanguinaria canadensis, whose roots and rhizomes secrete a red sap when cut, was once thought to heal blood disorders and hasten wound healing. The idea gained traction in medieval Europe, particularly among Christians, who gave it theological underpinnings. German library pays £2.5m for 'friendship book', 400 years after it first tried to buy it. Almost 400 years after Augustus the Younger tried and failed to buy the “extraordinary” Das Große Stammbuch – a “friendship book” signed by some of the most powerful figures of 17th-century Europe – for the library he was building in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, it has finally landed on his shelves.

German library pays £2.5m for 'friendship book', 400 years after it first tried to buy it

Duke Augustus, a German member of the House of Welf who died in 1666 aged 87, was instrumental in collecting some of the hundreds of thousands of books that form the Herzog August Bibliothek, one of the world’s oldest libraries, which is named after him. In 1648, he set out to acquire a book that had belonged to Philipp Hainhofer, a German merchant and diplomat from Augsburg. As he travelled from court to court, Hainhofer would ask dignitaries to paint in his album amicorum, or friendship book, also known as a stammbuch. Hortus Sanitatis: an early herbal. If you visit the Snakes exhibition at National Museum Cardiff (open till 15 September), you will see a 16th century book from the Library collections.

Hortus Sanitatis: an early herbal

This unusual book is known as Hortus Sanitatis (although it is also written as Ortus Sanitatis) which roughly translates to ‘The Garden of Health’ in Latin. From Observation to Inspection: Florike Egmond on Microscopic Records in Early Modern Visual Albums of Nature - Microscopic Records. Stefan Hanß: Florike Egmond is a cultural historian of early modern sciences at the University of Leiden and a leading expert on sixteenth-century natural history.

From Observation to Inspection: Florike Egmond on Microscopic Records in Early Modern Visual Albums of Nature - Microscopic Records

After presenting research on Adriaen Coenen, a sixteenth-century Dutchman who collected and drew marine life, Florike Egmond charted the wide web of knowledge production and exchange of naturalist Carolus Clusius. In 2010, then, Florike Egmond rediscovered hundreds of long-lost watercolour drawings of animals used as template models for the illustrations of the Historiae Animalium of famous Swiss humanist Conrad Gessner (1516–1565).

In your monograph, you explore what you called “a prehistory of the microscope” or “micro before the microscope”: a broader sixteenth-century culture of interest in the detailed observation of natural environments that precedes the invention of the microscope. You emphasise the significance of continuity. Fig. 1: Adriaen Coenen, Visboeck (1577–81), f. 294r. Fig. 3: Libri picturati, A26, f. 23. Helmingham herbal and bestiary, - Search Yale Digital Content. Physical distancing from manuscripts and the presence of the digital facsimile – Cambridge Medieval Graduate Students. Suzette van Haaren is a PhD student at the University of St Andrews and the University of Groningen.

Physical distancing from manuscripts and the presence of the digital facsimile – Cambridge Medieval Graduate Students

She is writing her dissertation on the effects of digitisation for the reproduction, perception and preservation of medieval manuscripts. Follow her on Twitter @suzettevhaaren. It seems that on my daily rounds of exercise (be they walks or cycle rides) through Cambridge, I find myself gravitating more and more back to the spaces where I look at manuscripts. Matt 5:17-5:23, Pg 18. The future of museums, exhibitions and the objects they display. A Woodblock’s Career in: Nuncius Volume 35 Issue 1 (2020) The Blocks, the Tools, and the Printed Plants - Jessie Wei-Hsuan Chen. The Blocks, the Tools, and the Printed Plants: The Making and Printing of Botanical Woodblocks at the Early Modern Officina Plantiniana 2017–2018, MA Thesis Project, With the Support of the Museum Plantin-Moretus Supervisor: Prof.

The Blocks, the Tools, and the Printed Plants - Jessie Wei-Hsuan Chen

Dr. Sven Dupré; Second Reader: Dr. Florike Egmond. Nltexts.htm. Helmingham herbal and bestiary, Manuscript herbal and bestiary, in an unidentified hand, completed circa 1500 at Helmingham, Suffolk.

Helmingham herbal and bestiary,

The volume comprises 95 drawings of flowers and trees and 49 drawings of animals and birds, giving a remarkable picture of English knowledge of natural history in the Tudor period. The herbal and bestiary are preceded by two scroll alphabets. There are generally four drawings on the recto and verso of each leaf. All drawings are neatly finished in gouache and watercolor, with pen and ink, on parchment throughout. Digitised Manuscripts. Content.

Digitised Manuscripts

The 'Romance of the Rose': A Medieval Guide to Love. This poem about living and loving in medieval courts was both very popular and controversial in the late Middle Ages and throughout the Renaissance.

The 'Romance of the Rose': A Medieval Guide to Love

Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, ‘Le Roman de la Rose’ (Paris, 2nd quarter of the 14th century) Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits, Français 1572, f. 3r, No Copyright – Other Known Legal Restrictions The Story of the Rose Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, ‘Le Roman de la Rose’ (Paris, 1353)Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 178, f. 1r, CC BY-NC. The British Library MS Viewer. Lighting the Way: How Illuminated Initials Guided Medieval Readers through Books. Many medieval manuscripts are full of decorated capital letters that add colour to the page.

Lighting the Way: How Illuminated Initials Guided Medieval Readers through Books

They come in all styles and sizes, but what exactly are they and what was their purpose? Zoomorphic initial D with a dragon forming the ascender. Bible, France, 12th century. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Arsenal, Ms 578, f. 6v. Details of an item from the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum, 1894-1899 (London: the British Museum, 1901), p. 212. Janet Backhouse, ‘A Victorian Connoisseur and His Manuscripts: The Tale of Mr. Jarman and Mr. Medical recipes from Gilbertine nuns - Medieval manuscripts blog. On 4 February we celebrate the feast of St Gilbert of Sempringham (1083–1189), an Englishman of Anglo-Norman descent who established the Gilbertine Order – the only religious Order that was founded in England during the Middle Ages.

We would like to mark this event by sharing our discovery of a previously unidentified manuscript that was owned by the first of the thirteen monasteries that Gilbert established during his life: the Priory of St Mary at Sempringham in Lincolnshire. The feast of St Gilbert highlighted in a calendar of saints (England, c. 1260): Add MS 54179, f. 1v Gilbert founded Sempringham Priory, in or shortly before 1131, for seven women who desired to follow a strict religious life.

Worcester Cathedral Library and Archive Blog. Worcester Cathedral Library’s manuscripts can be full of surprises, and they are not always the most elegant or carefully preserved parts! Here is an example that has been badly damaged by damp sometime during its seven hundred year history: Image copyright the Dean and Chapter of Worcester Cathedral (UK) This page appears at the very end of the manuscript catalogued as F.157. The top and bottom have been badly damaged but fortunately the middle section is still legible, and proves to be a list of plants written in both Latin and Middle English. The manuscript describes it as Nomina herbarum cum exposicione earum which may be translated as ‘the names of plants and an explanation of them.’ Mirador Viewer. Spine (seq. 1)Front cover (seq. 2)Inside front cover (seq. 3)Front fly leaf (1). Endpaper (seq. 4)Front fly leaf (2) (seq. 5)p. [1]. Title page (seq. 6)p. [2]. (seq. 7)p. [3]. Dem Durchlauchtigsten Fuersten und Herrn … (seq. 8)p. [4].

Johannis de Buchwald Specimen medico-practico-botanicum, oder, Kurtze und deutliche Erklärung derer in der Medicin gebräuchlichsten und in Dännemarck wachsenden Erd-Bewächse Pflantzen und Kräuter ... In eben die alphabetische Ordnung gebracht ... - Harvar. Leonard Fuchs. By. Chig.F.VII.158. Rose by any Other Name. Flowering of florence botanical. [Botanical manuscript of 450 watercolors of flowers and plants]. — Dumbarton Oaks. The Model Book of Calligraphy (1561–1596) The Carrara Herbal – Sarah Kyle’s Pandora’s box. Sarah R. En Tibi. Name: the ‘En Tibi’ herbariumScientific name: ‘En tibi perpetuis ridentem floribus hortum‘ [‘Here for you a smiling garden of everlasting flowers’]Known for: not being of known originRecord broken: Most overdue library book? If you ever want to start an argument between two historians of science, ask them when a scientific field started. The problem is that creating a line between science and not-science is imposing a simple division on a fuzzy process.

The Enigma of Who Made the En Tibi Herbarium May Have Been Solved. Naturalis Topstukken. Oratie van andel. Códices de mexico. Are Pressed Plants Windows into World History? From Plant Press, Vol. 20, No. 3, July 2017. By Gary Krupnick. Dioscurides Neapolitanus copied at end of 6c. In the steps of Dioscorides? – Herbal History Research Network.

On Plants. Epilogue : The Skein of Life. Medical treasures in Anglo-Saxon herbals. Medievalists.net - Where the Middle Ages Begin. Early modern digital collections. FolioTractatus de Herbis British Library Egerton MS 747. 16c botany at edwardworthlibrary.ie. Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. The Earliest Herbals. Garden Health Library. The Circulation of naturalistic knowledge in modern Europe (1500-1850): a micro analytical perspective. Miniatures from a 12th-century Medical and Herbal Collection. Tractus de herbis: Codex Sloane 4016 facsimile. An illustrated Old English Herbal. Medieval Herbal Remedies Manuscript Now Available Online.

Cotton MS Vitellius. Libri Picturati. Nature Printing: The Italian Art. Leaves on the Loose: The Changing Nature of Archiving Plants and Botanical Knowledge. √ L’ERBARIO,TRA MUSEO E RICERCA. Herbarium Ulyssis Aldrovandi - Vicipaedia. 8 The ‘Hortus Siccus’ as a Focal Point: Platter’s and Bauhin’s Herbaria. Bauhin Herbarium: Basel. Herbarium C. Bauhin. Pierre Belon. William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland. Paolo Boccone. Paolo Boccone and the visual communication of pre-Linnean botany. A comparison between his Leiden herbarium, Paris autoprint and published Icones (1674) Boccone: Natural History - Original Investigations. BIU Santé - L'herbier de Paolo Boccone. A Mystery of Provenance: Boccone’s ‘Recherches et Observations Naturelles’ Brunfels. Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq.

Homepage Petrus Cadé Herbarium. Cadé History. Andrea CESALPINO. Erbario Cesalpino - Collezioni - MSN: Museo di Storia Naturale - UniFI. Federico Cesi and the Accademia dei Lincei. Federico Cesi. Erbario Cibo - Biblioteca Angelica.

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Dirck Outgaertsz. Cluyt. Giacomo Antonio Cortuso. Fabio Colonna nature prints. Fabio Colonna - Phytobasanos. Giovanni Baptista Ferrari. Ferrari, Hesperides. Fuch's Great Herbal. Royal Library : De historia stirpium commentarii insignes: maximis impensis et uigiliis elaborati, adiectis earundem uiuis plusquam quingentis... Gerard's herball, or, Generall historie of plantes. Gessner. Ghini. Herbier Jehan Girault: 1558.

Harder. Hoefnagel. Ferrante Imperato Cabinet of Curiosities. Ferrante Imperato. Joanne Kentmanno Medico 1549 -