De Lapidibus

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Title

De Lapidibus

Description

De Lapidibus was one of the most popular works of scientific and medical lore current in the Middle Ages. Translations into French, Spanish, Irish, Hebrew, and English are known, while over 125 Latin manuscripts have survived. This is one of only three manuscripts of De Lapidibus in the United States.

Abstract

Bishop Marbode of Rennes was a poet, teacher, and scholar of the late eleventh century. His most well-known work, De Lapidibus ["On Gemstones"], is a treatise describing the medicinal, therapeutic, and magical properties of sixty different jewels. These two leaves describe the properties of chalcedony, emerald [smaragdus], sardonyx, onyx, sard, chrysolite, beryl, and topaz.

Creator

Marbode, Bishop of Rennes, 1035?-1123

Date Created

Early 13th century

Extent

2 leafs

Identifier

E2003.1.30

Provenance

Purchased for the Solomon M. Hyams Collection of the Boston Medical Library, 1932

Files

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Citation

Marbode, Bishop of Rennes, 1035?-1123 , “De Lapidibus,” OnView, accessed July 22, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6439.