London, British Library, MS Egerton 747

Egerton Tractatus de Herbis Facsimile Edition

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The Egerton Tractatus de Herbis stands as one of the most valued treasures within The British Library's collections. Crafted in Italy around 1300 AD, its importance is underscored by its likely status as the initial manuscript for the Tractatus de herbis, a medieval botanical guide that profoundly influenced the study of medicinal plants from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. This work boasts a comprehensive collection of knowledge on plant-based remedies, drawing from Greek, Roman, and Arabic traditions, and features over 400 botanical illustrations. The text spans a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and minerals, ranging from quince and mercury to turnips and tamarind, and provides methods for preparing these elements. It also offers insights into the aphrodisiac, cosmetic, and mystical attributes of plants, while the margins are adorned with vibrant depictions of serpents, scorpions, and feral canines, hinting at the perils associated with their bites.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Egerton Tractatus de Herbis": A Medieval Herbal facsimile edition, published by British Library, 2003

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A Medieval Herbal

London: British Library, 2003

  • Commentary (English) by Collins, Minta; Raphael, Sandra
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Egerton Tractatus de Herbis: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.

The facsimile is the complete color reproduction of the whole original manuscript. The pages of the facsimile edition, in the same size as the original manuscript, are trimmed down at the cost of some small features part of the original.

The edition features both facsimile and commentary in one volume, with the commentary located separately in a different section.

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