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The 'Tacuinum Sanitatis' is an important medieval herbal/medical health treatise based on the manual 'Taqwin al‑sihha', written by an Arab, Ibn Butlan, in the 11th century.
It is an holistic work that provides advice regarding the most important elements of life: breathing, exercise, eating/elimination, sleep and mental wellbeing. In particular it provides information about plants in terms of the their health benefits and pharmaceutical properties.
I've posted about this treatise previously but I thought this was worth revisiting as I came across a digital copy of the Rouen manuscript from the 15th century. These are the best quality images I've seen - other examples suffered from poor quality colour balance and digitization artifact.
- There are 107 pages from this beautiful illuminated manuscript available at the Bibliothèque Rouen site [put: 'Leber 1088' in the search box - giving 8 thumbnail pages]
- The Stanford University site provides commentary/translations about each of the images.
- Finns Books provide some useful background.
- There are a couple of other links in the previous post.