An Almanac

The news [EDIT: (much!) more detail here] of the Wellcome Library’s purchase of a fifteenth-century medical almanac has been doing the rounds in the last week. I’m no expert on medical almanacs! But I was taken by Elma Brenner’s suggestions, reported in that article, that this one is luxurious enough that it was probably for display rather than for medical use, and that the choice of format—folding almanac over codex—perhaps indicates an interest in the format, or in displaying the almanac’s nature through its format.

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