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De virtutibus herbarum; the end of chapter 21 and beginning of chapter 22 : manuscript fragment.


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Macer, Floridus.
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[Northern France : circa 1350]
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  • A partial bifolium, including one nearly complete leaf, 215 x 300 mm.
Single columns of 33 lines, black ink, cursive script, written in two hands. A 16th century note, from when the fragment was used as a pastedown, records the name of the owner, Dominus theodorus de molendino vidicat sibi hunc librum. The text was printed by Ludwig Choulant, Leipzig, 1832, but there is no modern edition.
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The fragment begins in the latter part of the discussion of roses (ch. 21), then takes up lilies (ch. 22), and includes a discussion of poppies. Marginal headings in the hand of the scribe call attention to the medical application of the herbs: for headache, for toothache, for tough eyelashes, for itch, for snakebite, against bad blood in the stomach, and for soothing the stomach. [dealer description]
Purchased from Bernard Quaritch (catalog 1396, number 57), 2010. Accession 2010-173.
This herbal is attributed to Odo de Meung-sur-Loire who flourished about the end of the 11th century in the Loire area of France. It was circulated under the name Macer Floridus. This manuscript was probably written by a medical practitioner rather than a professional scribe, perhaps in the region of Rouen (according to Malcolm B. Parkes). [from dealer description]
From the Rosenthal collection.
Meung, Odo de.
Odo, Magdunensis.
Related Work:
Macer, Floridus. De virtutibus herbarum.

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