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    Ernst Bjerke, ph. d.
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As it is after all #walpurgisnight we'll stay with the #magic theme a little longer. At the very back of this #danish #medicalbook published in 1596 is a #spell or #magical #amulet, the word #abracadabra, or rather adacadabra, written as a #triangle. It was written down by hand when the #book itself was still new, at the hight of the early modern #witchtrials. To #cure a sore throat write the magic words on a piece of #bread. Eat one line a day, but be sure to throw the last piece into the fire. #kattabiblioteket #oslokatedralskole  #specialcollections #oldbooks #gamlebøker #ancientbooks #witchcraft #folklore #herbals #historyofmedicine #medicalhistory #spells #handwriting #manuscript #annotations #marginalia
As it is after all #walpurgisnight  we'll stay with the #magic  theme a little longer. At the very back of this #danish  #medicalbook  published in 1596 is a #spell  or #magical  #amulet , the word #abracadabra , or rather adacadabra, written as a #triangle . It was written down by hand when the #book  itself was still new, at the hight of the early modern #witchtrials . To #cure  a sore throat write the magic words on a piece of #bread . Eat one line a day, but be sure to throw the last piece into the fire. #kattabiblioteket  #oslokatedralskole  #specialcollections  #oldbooks  #gamlebøker  #ancientbooks  #witchcraft  #folklore  #herbals  #historyofmedicine  #medicalhistory  #spells  #handwriting  #manuscript  #annotations  #marginalia 
#mandrake #handcolored #woodcut from a 1625 pocket #herbal by W. H. Ryff. Be careful digging it out, though. You all know the story: Its scream will kill you. #mandrakeroot #mandragora #alrune #alraune #roots #historyofmedicine #herbalmedicine #magic #herbs #medicine #kattabiblioteket #oslokatedralskole #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram #ancientbooks #oldbooks #botany #kräuterbuch #harrypotter
The 1598 #medicalbook from my last post has a #secret. On the last blank #pages are a number of #cures and #remedies in #17thcentury #handwriting. One of the entries is a #magic #spell to cure #rabies, the bite of mad #dogs. The magic words (in caps) should be written on a piece of flat #bread and then consumed. #kattabiblioteket #oslokatedralskole #magi #spells #grimoire #witchcraft #healing #herbals #bookofmagic #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram #ancientbooks #oldbooks #gamlebøker #skolebibliotek
The 1598 #medicalbook  from my last post has a #secret . On the last blank #pages  are a number of #cures  and #remedies  in #17thcentury  #handwriting . One of the entries is a #magic  #spell  to cure #rabies , the bite of mad #dogs . The magic words (in caps) should be written on a piece of flat #bread  and then consumed. #kattabiblioteket  #oslokatedralskole  #magi  #spells  #grimoire  #witchcraft  #healing  #herbals  #bookofmagic  #specialcollections  #librariesofinstagram  #ancientbooks  #oldbooks  #gamlebøker  #skolebibliotek 
Thank you all! #2017bestnine. In the new year I'll be posting more from our collections of old #medical, #botanical and #pharmaceutical #books. #kattabiblioteket #oslokatedralskole #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram #oldbooks #ancientbooks #gamlebøker #skolebibliotek
Our #exhibition on the #history of #writing. #cuneiform #tablets, #greek #papyrus, #carolingian and #gothic #fragments and #codices, #incunabula and modern #books. Five #milennia of #text in one small room. Some objects are on loan, some from our #specialcollections. Backlit #watermarks on the back wall. Photo by Glenn Røkeberg. #kattabiblioteket #oslokatedralskole #historyofwriting #historyofthebook #bookhistory #display #museum #library #skolebibliotek
Our #exhibition  on the #history  of #writing . #cuneiform  #tablets , #greek  #papyrus , #carolingian  and #gothic  #fragments  and #codices , #incunabula  and modern #books . Five #milennia  of #text  in one small room. Some objects are on loan, some from our #specialcollections . Backlit #watermarks  on the back wall. Photo by Glenn Røkeberg. #kattabiblioteket  #oslokatedralskole  #historyofwriting  #historyofthebook  #bookhistory  #display  #museum  #library  #skolebibliotek 
#firstedition #1546 of the #danish #physician Henrik Smid's influential #herbal or #medicalbook: "A beatiful new herb garden". The work, which was intended for #selfhelp, stayed in #print for more than four #centuries. This copy is #bound in a contemporary #calf #binding with #brass #clasps and #blindtooling. The #title is #written on the #foreedge at a time when #books were not shelved with their #spines outward. #kattabiblioteket #oslokatedralskole #bookstagram #specialcollections #historyofmedicine #medicalhistory #rarebooks #oldbooks
#firstedition  #1546  of the #danish  #physician  Henrik Smid's influential #herbal  or #medicalbook : "A beatiful new herb garden". The work, which was intended for #selfhelp , stayed in #print  for more than four #centuries . This copy is #bound  in a contemporary #calf  #binding  with #brass  #clasps  and #blindtooling . The #title  is #written  on the #foreedge  at a time when #books  were not shelved with their #spines  outward. #kattabiblioteket  #oslokatedralskole  #bookstagram  #specialcollections  #historyofmedicine  #medicalhistory  #rarebooks  #oldbooks 
#supralibros of Christian Albert, #duke of #holstein-#gottorp (1641-95). The ducal #library's 10.000 #volumes were taken by the #danish as #spoilsofwar in 1703 and later added to the #royallibrary in #copenhagen (@sortediamant). The #book in question, a collection of #17thcentury #religious #tracts, was transferred to the @uboslo in 1811, and finally from them to us around 1850. #kattabiblioteket #oslokatedralskole #armorial #armorialbinding #superexlibris #heraldry #arms #gilt #gold #leather #coatofarms
#supralibros  of Christian Albert, #duke  of #holstein -#gottorp  (1641-95). The ducal #library 's 10.000 #volumes  were taken by the #danish  as #spoilsofwar  in 1703 and later added to the #royallibrary  in #copenhagen  (@sortediamant). The #book  in question, a collection of #17thcentury  #religious  #tracts , was transferred to the @uboslo in 1811, and finally from them to us around 1850. #kattabiblioteket  #oslokatedralskole  #armorial  #armorialbinding  #superexlibris  #heraldry  #arms  #gilt  #gold  #leather  #coatofarms 
A uniformly - and beautifully - bound set of #firsteditions by the #swedish #naturalist #linnaeus. The #books came to us as part og a large bequest in 1799. #kattabiblioteket #oslokatedralskole #oldbooks #specialcollections #bookbindings #bookstagram #caroluslinnaeus #naturalhistory #botany #gilding #gilt #leatherbound
The #cover of a #paneled #binding of a type referred to in #denmark and #norway as #speilbind. These more or less intricately designed bindings are typical of the early to mid #18thcentury and clearly related to the #english #cambridgebinding. Unlike its english counterpart, however, the #spine of a #danish or #norwegian speilbind is always ornately #gilt. #kattabiblioteket #oslokatedralskole #specialcollections #bookbinding #bookbindings #bookstagram #oldbooks #style #baroque #leather
The #cover  of a #paneled  #binding  of a type referred to in #denmark  and #norway  as #speilbind . These more or less intricately designed bindings are typical of the early to mid #18thcentury  and clearly related to the #english  #cambridgebinding . Unlike its english counterpart, however, the #spine  of a #danish  or #norwegian  speilbind is always ornately #gilt . #kattabiblioteket  #oslokatedralskole  #specialcollections  #bookbinding  #bookbindings  #bookstagram  #oldbooks  #style  #baroque  #leather