Here’s an interesting medieval doodle. Radish? Heart? Either way, it’s getting shanked. From a mid 15th-century handwritten copy of Virgil’s Aeneid (MS Hirsh 13) at Lehigh University’s Linderman Library.
In today’s marginalia, a long-departed reader notes (at the bottom) that we should “behold [things that are] foreign/strange” (”ecce alienigene”) in this 15th century Book of Hours. Thanks to soon-to-be Dr. Lucy Barnhouse for the translation. On a side note, the tiny-yet-intricate embellishments to this page (and throughout the entire book) make me happy.
From Lehigh University’s Linderman Library (MS Hirsh 17).
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You know what the best thing is about these giant leaves of vellum? The sound they make. Unlike paper, they’re stiff, and they crinkle when you turn them. Books can provide an auditory experience sometimes too! From Lehigh University (MS Hirsh 23)