In these same characters Pt2

Taking another day in mild Spring sunshine (too early to last) to think more about this. Imagine yourself Baresch's 'good man', who supposedly.. went to oriental parts in quest of true medicine .. acquired the treasures ...  partly from the written literature and ..from associating with experts ... [and] brought them back with him. He's …

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Weights and Measures

(July 24th. Additions made; Jan 19th., 2014 - minor corrections; 6th. March, 2015 - header replaced; broken link replaced). Some of these terms turn up in the Zibaldone da Canal, a fourteenth-century commonplace book or handbook which is filled with merchant-type maths problems - arithmetical mostly, but not so easy. There were different standards in …

Materia medica from Aleppo

I've already referred to this article on the Voynich mailing list. Floréal Sanagustin, 'Note su un recueil ancien de recettes médicinales', Bulletin d'études orientales, T. 36 (1984), pp. 161-201. If you have access through JSTOR it's at URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41604707 . In French. Commentary includes history of the spice trade through Aleppo including reference to the …

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 …