thesauros Artis medicae Aegyptiacos Pt 4 Bacon’s materials

Bacon's foreign materia medica in context Roger Bacon died in 1294, seven years before John of Montecorvino reached Peking, but he must have known of two earlier embassies composed of Nestorians and sent from the east, one in 1285 and the other led by Mar Sawma in 1287.  The second, certainly, included visits to European …

” …thesauros Artis medicae Aegyptiacos” Pt1

In that perfect hindsight which makes  history appear logical and even predictable, the Plague's descent into Europe on a Genoese ship was only to be expected.  As a recent UNESCO report says, they had literally hundreds of harbours from the Black Sea through the Mediterranean to the Atlantic between the 11th-15th centuries, including "a virtual …

Plants on the Page: dispositions and parchment

[updated 6th March 2016 - to repair format after adopting a new wordpress theme. No additions]. Popular histories of Europe's herbals give them a lineage which begins in dynastic Egypt, passes through Greece and Rome and then after centuries of inexplicable hesitation arrives finally in Europe with the assistance of translations from Greek,  or Arabic. …

Dimensions and Proportions Brit.Lib.Mss from 1340-1450 AD

[16th June 2013~ a few additions. In blue, asterisked]; * 6th March 2015 - header reinstalled; hyperlinks and illustration added. ----- I wanted to be clear about just how very different the Voynich manuscript's content appears when compared with a typically Latin or Byzantine manuscript and, further, to distinguish between the making of herbals as …

Tinctoris’ Hand

from PInterest. click to enlarge. Universitat de València, Biblioteca Històrica, BH Ms. 835, f. 3v. Johannes Tinctoris, Opus musices. Naples, c. 1483, illuminated by Nardo Rapicano. The Guidonian hand: “a graphic mnemonic device in which musical notes are arranged on the left hand, used in medieval music to assist in sight-singing.” A factor of 18 …

positing a pre-Rudolfine history – biographies and a pattern

1. Marcus Marci. Note: - For some obscure reason, an idea has emerged that Marci had a 'secret grudge' against the Society of Jesus, even though all our evidence both direct and circumstantial points to precisely the opposite conclusion. His association with the Society and other religious persons is a constant theme of his correspondence …

positing a pre-Rudolfine history 2 – the others

Mnishovky's assertions, if proven, would follow the manuscript's history as far as twelfth-century England and a Franciscan scholar-monk named Roger Bacon. His reputation was such that had Baresch sent his copied extracts to Kircher saying the book was once Roger's, he would surely have received an enthusiastic response - which he didn't. The parchment's date …

positing a pre-‘Rudolfine’ history 1 – Kircher

[end note and details of illustration added. typos corrected] It is evident that between its manufacture early in the early fifteenth century and its appearance in seventeenth-century Prague the manuscript travelled. Something can be gleaned about that intervening century and a half, but our solid documentary evidence begins with Jakub Hořčický, whose name is Latinised …

Precedence

Added note - This post from 2013 is made a 'sticky' for the time being - just for the record and because this is easier than recalling an essay in press to add a footnote there.  Some of the content was superseded by subsequent research -  e.g. the date for transmission is better assigned to the mid-thirteenth to mid-fourteenth …

Heath Robinson and the Vms

For those fortunate souls yet to meet Heath Robinson  may I introduce my candidate for the Voynich Hall of Fame? John Tiltman's position as Hero is unshakable, but may I propose W. Heath Robinson as patron (-saint?) of struggling Voynicheros everywhere? (He's the one on the left) Heath understood perfectly why the merest hint of  …

Paradoxical history of balsam #1

[original research into ms Beinecke 408 is included in the following post. The author asserts the usual copyright over intellectual property published in this medium] That description, in the previous post, of Italians' reaction to eastern visitors illustrates well the essentially acquisitive nature of contemporary European attitudes to science as to commerce. Scientific objectivity and …