[Encyclopedic manuscript containing allegorical and medical drawings].

[Encyclopedic manuscript containing allegorical and medical drawings].

An early parent to the modern almanac, these “monthly rules” are often found in astrologically focused medical manuscripts. In the Rosenwald copy, the twelve months of the year, titled in red ink for easy locating, border the central figure affectionally known to medievalists as “Vein Man.” Instructions pertaining to each vein surround the body in a system of circles that connect to the pertinent point of the body via conspicuous red lines.

Contents
leaf [1a] Earth and 7 planets.–leaf [1b] Zodiacal man.–leaf [2a-3b] Bloodletting charts of human body.–leaf [4a] Tower of wisdom (text in German).–leaf [4b] Drawing of man, called Microcosmus.–leaf [5b] Tree of virtue.–leaf [6a] Philosophy surrounded by the seven arts.–leaf [6a] Showing the evil power of women.–leaf [7a] Tree of Babylon (vice).–leaf [7b] Tower of wisdom (text in Latin)–leaf [8a] Continuation of leaf 6b.–leaf 8b Wheel of fortune.
Subject Headings
– Drawing–15th century
– [South Germany]
Notes
– Manuscript on vellum. Gothic script in black and red. Pen-and-ink drawings, some slightly colored, with explanatory text in German or Latin. Subject matter and form of presentation is similar to that in 15th century woodcuts and block books.
– Label on cover: Die Kunst Ciromantia von Doktor Hartlieb …1448, does not refer to this manuscript.
– For date and interpretation of the manuscript see the letter by F. Saxl, of April 5th, 1935, laid in. For other manuscripts of a similar type see his “A spiritual encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages: in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institute, v. 5 (1942), p. 82 ff.
– Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 4
– LC copy has anonymous armorial bookplate and the visiting card of “The Honble. Mr. Clifford” mounted on front pastedown.

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