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LJS 62 - [Herbal in the tradition of Dioscorides]
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 62 - [Herbal in the tradition of Dioscorides]    Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 62 - [Herbal in the tradition of Dioscorides]
Title:
[Herbal in the tradition of Dioscorides] [manuscript].
Origin:
[Eastern Mediterranean, 14--]
Physical description:
121 leaves : paper, col. ill. ; 261 x 190 (210 x 130) mm. bound to 268 x 202 mm.
Summary:
Work on plants and their medicinal properties in 679 chapters, preceded by illustrations, a prologue, and a table of contents listing 697 chapters. The prologue attributes it to Dioscorides, Galen, and Isocrates; the work is very similar to the De materia medica of Dioscorides. With many notes added.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Paper, 121; 1-2⁴ 3² 4⁸(-2) 5⁴ 6¹⁰ 7¹² 8²⁴(-1) 9¹⁰(-1) 10¹⁰(-4, outer 2 bifolia) 11⁸(-2) 12¹⁰(-2) 13⁸(-1) 14¹³(?) 15⁸(-2, central bifolium) 16¹; text of the herbal (f. 31-121) has early pagination in ink, 1-66, 69-90, 97-108, 113-114, 117-124, 127-146, 149-165, [v], 166-187, 192-199, upper outer corners.
Layout: Written in 20-36 long lines.
Script: Written in Greek cursive minuscule script.
Decoration: 71 pen-and-wash drawings of medicinal plants (f. 1r-10v); pen-and-wash illustrations of Dioscorides and a companion collecting plants in bags (f. 1v) and Dioscorides and Galen (f. 4v); headings, captions, small initials, and large initials (sometimes with flourishes and extensions; for example, f. 82 (p. 117-118)) in red.
Binding: Possibly 17th-century Greek blind-stamped calf over pasteboards; some leaves detached or almost detached.
Origin: Written in the eastern Mediterranean in the 15th century.
Cite as:
LJS 62
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 62
 
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