Liber dietarium universalium et particularium, Fragment


Fragment of Constantine the African's Liber dietarium universalium et particularium (a Latin translation of Isaac Israeli's Arabic Kitab al-aghdhiya), a standard text in the medieval medical curriculum. This leaf includes the beginning of the third section on "particulars", and on the medicinal and dietary uses of melon, cucumber, squash, watermelon, and lettuce.

In Collection:
Creator Contributor Subject Language Identifier
  • Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.4
Keyword Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 1 sheet ; parchment (half a bifolium) ; 255 x 150 (170 x 115) mm
Additional physical characteristics
  • Parchment sheet (half a bifolium) that has been trimmed on one of the long sides, probably because it was cut out of a book (see irregular edge on the left side of the initial 'L' for 'Lactuce'); used as a wrapper around a booklet of modest proportions (the folds and stitch holes on both the left and the right of the letters 'c' in the margin mark the outlines of the back of this unknown volume); parchment of mediocre quality (as shown by the hole and the 'transparent' patch in lower margin, which are original); ruling visible (plummet); pricking survives in upper margin only; several reference letters ('c') in margin on recto indicating what initial the illuminator needed to produce; main text and rubrics by one scribe (littera textualis, 1250-1300), who worked in France, possibly in the south; initials with penwork flourishing.
Physical repository Collection
  • Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection
  • Purchased through Erik Kwakkel in July 2006 from the collection of Herman Mulder (Hombeek, Belgium), who bought it from Antiquariaat Moon Beams, Maastricht, the Netherlands, on May 31, 1994.
Provider Genre Archival item identifier
  • 2006-023, Item 4
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • February 23, 2012
Transcript Technical note
  • Metadata by KD.

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