The British Library just digitized a 1000-year-old book about plants and animals

The British Library, with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, recently digitized Cotton MS Vitellius C III, a 1,000-year-old illuminated manuscript describing plants and their uses.

The manuscript is the only surviving work on the subject writing in Old English and feature colorful illustrations of plants and animals along with descriptions of how they can be used upon consumption etc.

The British Library’s Alison Hudson explains, “Although it might seem like a practical guide to finding plants and preparing remedies, this manuscript’s uses are debated,” . “First, the illustrations are not always very useful for identifying plants and animals in the wild: take, for example, these depictions of strawberries and elephants.”

Check out the entire guide on The British Library’s website.

 
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