Ortus - Museum für medizinhistorische Bücher Muri

ORTUS SANITATIS DE HERBIS ET PLANTIS

ANONYMOUS, 1497

The virgin and the unicorn
According to the legend, only a virgin can capture the shy unicorn.

The unicorn also featured in Ortus Sanitatis. It is supposedly a small animal with short legs but a strong body. It lives high up in the mountains and on desert wasteland where hardly any humans go.

The animal's horn was an extremely popular and sought-after remedy for seizures or epilepsy. In the meantime, the horn of the legendary animal has been identified as the tooth of a narwhal.