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Oversize LJS 449 Medical and astronomical miscellany


Medical and astronomical miscellany

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Oversize LJS 449
(3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6206., University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts)

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University of Pennsylvania


Latin and German (lower Alemannic with middle German idioms)


Written in southwestern Germany, ca. 1446.
circa 1446


Compilation of Latin and German texts concerning astronomy, astrology (including resources for the determination of favorable and unfavorable days and a brief treatise on the astrological properties of precious stones attributed in the manuscript to the 8th/9th-century Jewish astrologer Zaël, but also known as the lapidary of Techel), and medicine (including a brief treatise on wine used for medical purposes, attributed in another manuscript to Albertus Magnus).



Similar to Briquet Tête de boeuf 14964 (1444) and 15054 (1441).


36 leaves : 294 x 210 (205 x 132-142) mm. bound to 300 x 220 mm


Paper, i (later paper) + 36 + i (later paper); [1-36]; 1¹²(-12) 2-3¹² 4²(-2); modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.




Contemporary parchment, restored.


  • Written in 36-42 long lines (f. 2r-23v, 26v-28r) or lines in 2 columns (f. 24r-26r, 28v-36v); frame-ruled in faint ink.
  • Decoration

    36 miniatures in ink with colored washes, 8 to 30 lines in height, including calendar miniatures of the labors of the months (f. 2r-7v), astrological images (f. 12r-21v), and medical illustrations (f. 23v, 26v-28r); 13 circular diagrams (f. 1r-1v, 9r-11v), some with color; 1 7-line initial in red ink with flourishing in green (f. 12r); rubrics and paragraph marks in red, initials touched with red.


  • Written in bâtarde script.
  • Provenance

    Subjects topical




    Table of contents



    Front cover
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    Inside front cover
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    Flyleaf 1 recto
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    Flyleaf 1 verso
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    fol. 1r
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    Section: Circular diagrams of the celestial spheres and the directions, f. 1r
    Decoration: Diagram, f. 1r

    fol. 1v
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    Decoration: Diagram, f. 1v

    fol. 2r
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    Section: Calendar, f. 2r
    Decoration: Miniature, Feasting, f. 2r

    fol. 2v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Warming by the fire, f. 2v

    fol. 3r
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    Decoration: Miniature, Pruning trees, f. 3r

    fol. 3v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Training vines, f. 3v

    fol. 4r
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    Decoration: Miniature, Courtly love, f. 4r

    fol. 4v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Ploughing, f. 4v

    fol. 5r
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    Decoration: Miniature, Mowing, f. 5r

    fol. 5v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Reaping, f. 5v

    fol. 6r
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    Decoration: Miniature, Treading grapes, f. 6r

    fol. 6v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Sowing, f. 6v

    fol. 7r
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    Decoration: Miniature, Chopping firewood, f. 7r

    fol. 7v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Slaughtering ox, f. 7v

    fol. 8r
    0229_0018.tif (128.6 MB)
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    Section: Astrological and astronomical tables and diagrams, f. 8r

    fol. 8v
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    fol. 9r
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    Decoration: Diagram, f. 9r

    fol. 9v
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    Decoration: Diagram, f. 9v

    fol. 10r
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    Decoration: Diagram, f. 10r

    fol. 10v
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    Decoration: Diagram, f. 10v

    fol. 11r
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    Decoration: Diagram, f. 11r

    fol. 11v
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    Decoration: Diagram, f. 11v

    fol. 12r
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    Section: Treatise in German on favorable and unfavorable days for various activities, f. 12r
    Decoration: Decorated initial, Initial N, f. 12r
    Decoration: Miniature, Ram representing Aries, f. 12r

    fol. 12v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Bull representing Taurus, f. 12v

    fol. 13r
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    Decoration: Miniature, Twins representing Gemini, f. 13r

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    fol. 14r
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    Decoration: Miniature, Crab representing Cancer, f. 14r

    fol. 14v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Lion representing Leo, f. 14v

    fol. 15r
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    Decoration: Miniature, Virgin representing Virgo, f. 15r

    fol. 15v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Scales representing Libra, f. 15v

    fol. 16r
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    Decoration: Miniature, Scorpion representing Scorpio, f. 16r

    fol. 16v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Archer representing Sagittarius, f. 16v

    fol. 17r
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    fol. 17v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Goat representing Capricorn, f. 17v

    fol. 18r
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    Decoration: Miniature, Water-bearer representing Aquarius, f. 18r

    fol. 18v
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    Decoration: Miniature, Fish representing Pisces, f. 18v

    fol. 19r
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    Decoration: Miniature, f. 19r

    fol. 19v
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    Decoration: Miniature, f. 19v

    fol. 20r
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    Decoration: Miniature, f. 20r

    fol. 20v
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    Decoration: Miniature, f. 20v

    fol. 21r
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    Decoration: Miniature, f. 21r

    fol. 21v
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    Decoration: Miniature, f. 21v

    fol. 22r
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    fol. 22v
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    fol. 23r
    0229_0048.tif (128.6 MB)
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    Section: De urina, f. 23r

    fol. 23v
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    Decoration: Medical illustration, f. 23v

    fol. 24r
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    fol. 24v
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    fol. 25r
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    fol. 25v
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    Section: Treatise in German on bloodletting, f. 25v

    fol. 26r
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    fol. 26v
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    Section: In dem Lentzen, f. 26v
    Decoration: Medical illustration, f. 26v

    fol. 27r
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    Decoration: Medical illustration, f. 27r

    fol. 27v
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    Decoration: Medical illustration, f. 27v

    fol. 28r
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    Decoration: Medical illustration, f. 28r

    fol. 28v
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    Section: Dies periculosi, f. 28v

    fol. 29r
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    Section: Latin treatise on veins, f. 29r

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    fol. 30r
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    Section: De proprietatibus vini, f. 30r

    fol. 30v
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    fol. 31v
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    fol. 32r
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    fol. 32v
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    Section: Libellus magnus atque preciosus ... sigillorum, f. 32v

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    fol. 33v
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    fol. 35v
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    fol. 36v
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    Flyleaf 1 recto
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    Flyleaf 1 verso
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    Inside back cover
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    Back cover
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