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Plate from Book of Simple Medicines


Libro de los Medicamentos Simples (The Book of Simple Medicines) is a full color facsimile of an original 15th-century French manuscript: De Similici Medicina, from the Russian National Library at St. Petersburg. Originally published ca. 1470, the work is attributed to Matthaeus Platearius (d. 1161). It is a book of herbal remedies with beautifully detailed illustrations of medicinal plants and demonstrates F&M's interest in highlighting the sciences as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Martin Library of the Sciences this spring. Text in French, commentary, available in May, in English and Spanish. (Special Collections - Oversize QK41 .P53 2000).






Velvet and gold leaf decorated cover of the Turin-Milan hours

Das Turin-Mailaender Stundenbuch = Les heures de Turin-Milan or The Turin-Milan Hours is a reproduction book of hours with miniatures by the Dutch artist Jan van Eyck, 1390-1440, now preserved at the Museo Civico d'Arte Antica in Turin, Italy. The Turin-Milan Hours were created over a period of 70 years so van Eyck's genius is shown in both his earliest and latest works. Text in Latin, commentary volume in English, German, and French. (Special Collections - Oversize ND3363.T87 T87 1996).






Example of the text and illustrations in the Turin-Milan hours











Illumination from the Turin-Milan hours












Libro de Horas de la Reina María de Navarra is a reproduction of the first Spanish book of hours, attributed to the 14th century illuminator Ferrer Bassa. Its 391 miniatures represent the most important work of Gothic art from the 14th century. Text in Latin, commentary in English, Spanish, and German. (Special Collections ND3363 .L53 1996 )



Illustrations of Native-American deities from Historia General de las Cosas de Nueva Espana.

Historia General de las Cosas de Nueva Espana is a reproduction of the 15th-century description of the indigenous peoples of Latin America by the missionary Bernardino de Sahagún (d. 1590). It is the most authentic history of events in the New Word before its discovery by Columbus. Text in Spanish. (Special Collections - Oversize F1219 .S13 1982).








Please feel free to view these amazing acquisitions at Special Collections, ground floor of Shadek-Fackenthal Library.





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