Gower’sÂ fifteen stars, stones, and herbs are illustrated in a fifteenth-century copy (Pierpont Morgan MS M.126). Here’s a leaf containing passages we took note ofÂ in seminar. It’s as good as any for underscoring the vibrancyÂ and interanimation of elements (from the micro to the macro, the nearby and faraway)!
Here is a magnified view of theÂ illustration of Sirius, beryl, and savin:
To learn more,Â take a look at Tamara O’Callaghan’s chapter inÂ John Gower, Trilingual Poet: Language, Translation, and Tradition, ed. Dutton. She locatesÂ the source of such lore (astronomical, lapidary, herbal) in Hermetic and Arabic sources as well as in Dante, and she goes through the illustrations in the Pierpont Morgan MS. A greatÂ model of scholarship on vernacularÂ sciences and literary culture.