Jean Corbechon, Livre des propriétés des choses

Book 10: On matter and form

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One of the shortest books in the Livre des propriétés des choses, this one has only 9 chapters. The author, Jean Corbechon, shown in the introductory miniature, discusses the four elements — the fundamental units on which an understanding of the medieval universe was based. After speaking about form and matter, the author turns his attention to fire and its manifestations, including smoke.