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Seeds of Knowledge: Early Modern Illustrated Herbs

Seeds of Knowledge: Early Modern Illustrated Herbs


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A gorgeous compendium of printed herbals describing medicinal plants and their uses.

With sumptuous reproductions, Seeds of Knowledge highlights the extraordinary collection of 15th- to 17th-century European printed herbals of the contemporary Liechtenstein collector Peter Goop. Herbals were highly illustrated books that included both the folkloric and medicinal uses of plants, and were critical texts for doctors and lay caregivers. The text and illustrations were repeatedly refined as the medicinal benefits of a plant’s use were more clearly understood and the style of illustration tended toward higher degrees of naturalism. These books were working manuals and frequently annotated by readers with notes of herbal recipes/medicines or other uses not found in the printed text. Goop’s collection is one of the most extensive in private hands.

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