Cloves in the Decameron

Fig. 1 — The Roman numeral <VIII> at the top of the page in Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, italien 482, f.172v.
Fig. 2 — Dioneo, the teller of the tale of Salabaetto and Jancofiore on the eighth day. Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Holkham misc. 49, f.105r.
Fig. 3— A short summary of Dioneo’s tale on the eighth day from a fifteenth-century manuscript of The Decameron (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Holkham misc. 49, f.3v — copied in Ferrara, 1467). These summaries are found in nearly all manuscripts of the work and vary little.
Fig. 4 — Depictions of Salabaetto handing the money over to Jancofiore (L) and the two bathing together (R) in an early-fifteenth-century manuscript of The Decameron once owned by Charles VIII of France (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, italien 63, f.256v). Ludovico Ceffini (1396–1424) copied and illustrated this manuscript (which incidentally is lacking numerals to indicate the day at the top of the page).
Fig. 5— The soap (‘sapone moscadato ⁊ cõ garofanato’) in Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, italien 482, f.172v.
Fig. 6— The musk- and clove-scented soap (‘sapone moscoleato ⁊ cõ garofanato’) in a fifteenth-century manuscript of The Decameron (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Holkham misc. 49, f.135v).
Fig. 7— The references to Cypriot incense and aloeswood (legno aloe) in the two manuscripts referenced above (top: Bodleian MS. Holkham misc. 49, f.135vb, bottom: BnF italien 482, f.173r).
Fig. 8— A little map showing the distance between Palermo, where Boccaccio set his tale, and Ternate, where cloves grew and were harvested.

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Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

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