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Detailed record for Additional 41996, ff. 112-113

Title Leaves from an illustrated Herbal
Origin Italy, N. E. (?Veneto)
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin and German
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Drawings of plants in colours.
Dimensions in mm 295 x 215 (each)
Official foliation Paper leaves foliated as '112' and 113''.
Form Paper leaves affixed to paper guards bound together with miscellaneous papers and letters in an album.
Binding BM/BL in house.
Provenance An anonymous fifteenth-century German owner: German names for plants added (f. 112); numbered '66' (f. 113).
V. Koch, Esq: presented by him to the British Museum in 1929.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present leaves are kept with miscellaneous letters and papers as Add. 41996. To see these leaves in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 41996.
These leaves are from a companion volume to Add. 41623, the "Codex Bellunensis", which was probably executed in Belluno in the Veneto. They correspond to ff. 28, 28v, 48v, 49 of that manuscript, with minor textual differences. In one case (f. 112) another plant is represented and described, casula (sic. crassula) minor taking the place of tamarind, and in this case a later hand has added the German names, 'blatlos', etc., for which see Hermann Fischer, Mittelalterliche Pflanzenkunde (Munich: Verlag der Münchner Drucke, 1929), p. 283.
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1926-1930 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1959), 159-63 (p. 162).


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