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Ancient Manuscripts

The evangelist portrait and Incipit to Matthew from the Stockholm Codex Aureus, one of the "Tiberius group", show the Northumbrian Insular and classicising continental styles that combined and competed in early Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.

Illuminated Manuscript Facsimilies at the UCF Libraries

The Voynich Manuscript is a mysterious volume of text and illustrations written some time in the 15th or 16 centuries, so named after Wilfrid M. Voynich who acquired the book in 1912. It has been classified as “magical” and “scientific” but is written in an undeciphered text and is said to be the most “mysterious manuscript in the world.”

Women spinning. artist Maitre Francois. France 1473-80. by tony harrison, via Flickr

1550 Edition, De sphaera mundi (On the Sphere of the World), the most influential astronomy textbook of the 13th Century, by Johannes de Sacrobosco.

Falconry (1643), Charles d’Arcussia. |

Three Queens from Alberto Sangorski's illuminated manuscript of Tennyson's Morte d’Arthur

mermaids - sirens - monster fish (French, circa 1450-70)

Noble Lion King: the Lion Court convenes animals, Northern France, late 13th century.

Delve into the history of Apothecary Gardens. ca. 1400 Monastery Gardens.

Ancient Chinese astronomical observations contained in the wooden chronicle known as the "Bamboo Annals" contain many details of comets, fireballs, and especially planetary conjunctions, the accuracy of which can now be verified using computer technology

lovely... frontis piece from Der Raupen Wunderbare Verwandlung und Sonderbare 1679.

Splendor Solis, plate 21, 1530's based on fashion, plate produced in 1580's

Mermaid, Sirens & Monster Fish c. 1450-70

Score of 'Chanson Belle Bonne Sage' from the Chantilly Manuscript, c. 1350-1400. It is a dedicatory piece on the love of a lady and a lord written in the shape of a #heart.

Map showing the world and Australia. Engraved on wood with watercolor. (Paris 1536)

pattern designer, James Leman, born in 1688.

Alchemical scroll, England, s. XVI

Taschenkalender - pocket calendar from about 1400 CE This pocket calendar from about 1400 was intended to be used daily by farmers and therefore could be folded. In this form it had a size of 7,5 x 6,5 cm. Besides the usual labour of the month and the respective sign of the zodiac it additionally shows a schematic representation of the average length of the day.