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Medieval Herbals: The Illustrative Traditions (British Library Studies in Medieval Culture) [Paperback]

Minta Collins

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19 Sep 2000 British Library Studies in Medieval Culture
Medieval Herbals: The Illustrative Traditions is a new, wide-ranging and generously illustrated study of manuscript herbals produced between 600 - 1450. The book examines the two principal herbal traditions of Classical descent: the Dioscorides manuscripts in Greek, Arabic, and Latin and the Latin Herbarius of Apulcius Platonicus. It shows how, from 1300, the illustrations of the de herbis Traetatus treatises, the first of which was British Library, MS. Egerton 747, showed a new observation of nature, paving the way in the fifteenth century for French Livres des Simples and the magnificent plant paintings of later Italian Herbals. Medieval Herbals provides one of the few syntheses in English of existing research on the subject and also addresses issues of dating, location, production and ownership of the individual codices. Minta Collins demonstrates how many herbals were not only codices for medical scholars but expensively illustrated books for bibliophiles, of equal interest to students of manuscripts, to historians of medicine and botany, and to art historians.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press (19 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802083137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802083135
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 17.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,036,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Minta Collins is an independent scholar with a PhD in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have if you're an avid gardener or herbalist. 30 Aug 2013
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Well worth the money. Great illustrations, well-written, and a great companion to Culpepper's. I highly recommend this book to any gardener or herbalist.
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