Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Ms. Plut. 73.16

Codex of Medicine of Frederick II Facsimile Edition

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The codex was acquired by Cosimo de Medici the Elder for the Medicea Laurenziana Library, Florence. It gathers various medical testimonies from the Hervario of Pseudo-Apuleio, the Medicinis ex libris feminis et masculinis of Pseudo-Dioscorides, and others. The 510 miniatures in Mid-Byzantine style not only depict plants and animals, but also the described curative measures, the doctors and their patients, and often the places where these cures were administered. The illuminations cover practically every folio, both recto and verso, and most of them are protected with a fine sheet of paper stitched inside each fascicle.

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The Binding, in Medician style, was completely restored around 1880 in the workshop of G. Fagiuoli. It features eight metal corner pieces, two central bosses and leather straps.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Codex of Medicine of Frederick II": Códice sobre medicamentos de Federico II facsimile edition, published by Patrimonio Ediciones, 2002

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Códice sobre medicamentos de Federico II

Valencia: Patrimonio Ediciones, 2002

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Rao, Ida Giovanna; López Piñero, Josè M.; Jerez Moliner, Felipe
  • Limited Edition: 999 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Codex of Medicine of Frederick II: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.


Bound in leather over wooden boards with bronze hinges and clasps.

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