Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection -- Manuscript Number: ljs419              Version:
[Herbal containing 192 drawings of plants]    Veneto? Italy, S. XV

Physical Description: 100 folios, foliated [I] + 1-99, contemporary recipe or prescription on f [I] with a 4-line commendatory Latin verse on verso, 174 pages with drawings, most colored, a few in pen and ink outline only or partially colored, 24 blank pages, plant names at the head of each page, text written below and over the drawings on 38 pages, damage to inner margin at front and back with slight worming, soiled, marginal stains throughout but generally sound, contemporary, limp vellum binding, remains of leather ties, very worn and soiled, lower hinge broken, a few leaves loosening, in a green leather box, 245 x 176 mm.


  1. The northern Italian provenance is confirmed by the binding, which consists of limp vellum with ties on three sides to allow the whole unit to be fastened in a compact block. Dr. Cristina Dondi of the Bodleian Library has suggested that the manuscriptFs provenance might be the Veneto since the Italian in some of the medical notes in the late notes has a distinctly regional flavor. This might also explain some of the, so far unidentified Italian plant names.
  2. The signature fRafael Gomez`Fin the spiky hand in a few of the plant names and in some of the uncolored drawings is found on the lowest band attached to the front cover.
  3. Carlton R. Richmond
  4. SothebyFs NY 84th Street Galleries, October 30, 1981, lot 68.
  5. Henri Schiller.
  6. Acquired from Sam Fogg, June 2001.

Collins, Medieval Herbals / The Illustrative Traditions, London: The British Library, (2000); SothebyFs NY 84th Street, 30 October 1981, lot 68; LJSMSDB 20388.