This collection of early pilgrim literature has been conveyed in an almost complete copy, with a rare text included which only survives in this manuscript. The volume may have been intended as a pilgrim's guide, with a number of blank pages leaving room for owner's notes. As well as fascinating tales of adventures in unknown lands, the manuscript also includes a calendar of edible winter fish, a recipe for gelatine, and remedies for the Black Death. The first text, De itinere terrae sanctae, documents the author's journey to the Holy Land in 1336-41, visiting Sicily, Rhodes, Cyprus, and Egypt on his way.
A vast number of these travelogues have been “read to shreds” and are gone for good. This compendium had been described in the late 19th century and was long-lost until the present. Luckily, it is still preserved in its original binding.