WERNER DRESSENDÖRFER    Book Number: 91543    Product format: Hardback

A MASSIVE HEAVYWEIGHT TOME OF A BOOK, CLEAR THE COFFEE TABLE FOR THIS BEAUTY! Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566,) was a founding father of modern botany, honoured to this day in the vivid flower, and corresponding colour, Fuchsia. In 1543, Fuchs combined his masterful botanical knowledge with ground-breaking medical research in his New Herbal, a catalogue of some 500 types of plants and their healing properties. While a dependable scientific reference, The New Herbal won fame above all with the detail and quality of its illustrations. Alongside essays describing the plants' features, origins, and medicinal powers, Fuchs presented each plant with meticulous woodcut illustrations, refining the ability for swift species identification and setting new standards for accuracy and quality in botanical publications. From the age of great exploration, it also documented plant types from the recently discovered New World, offering the first visual record of tobacco, maize, kidney bean, and cactus. This edition is based on Fuchs's personal, hand-coloured copy, which has miraculously survived four-and-a-half centuries in pristine condition. Fascinating for historians of medicine and art, gardeners, and anyone interested in herbal medicine, the volume features over 500 splendid illustrations, and an essay exploring the history of healing herbs. Hardcover with substantial additional "booklet", very large sized and lavish 23 x 37cm, 4.77 kg, 892 pages in mailing carton.
Bibliophile price: £125.00

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ISBN 9783836587662
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