Lilium medicinae by Bernard de Gordon
Southern England, 1348
Initial A and Border with Winged
modest decoration in this manuscript is appropriate to its function
as a physician's handbook. Called the "lily of medicine,"
the text was written in about 1303 by Bernard de Gordon, a teacher
of medicine at the University of Montpellier in France. This portion
of the book, opened by a beast with an orange tongue and a tail
that frames the text, describes illnesses of the head.
of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 10a 249, fol.