The Book of Simple Medicines

The Book of Simple Medicines folio 163r

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folio 163r

Folio 163r has a mnemonic purpose. It shows “Castoreum”, “Bedegar” and, although not mentioned in the text, a unicorn. It is interesting that two animals which, according to bestiaries, refer to virginity are depicted on the same page. The same could possibly be said of the whitish rose shape used to represent “Bedegar”. In this respect, the scientific nature of the work is totally disregarded.

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