Citria Mala. [Lemon]. CITRUS FRUIT 1600.

Citria Mala. [Lemon]

Circa 1600.
Wood cut, handcolored, sheet size 13 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches. Very good condition. This is an original sheet from a German herbal from the 16th century, an edition of the work of Pierandrea Matthioli which was originally published in 1544, with contemporary handcolor. More than 40 editions of this work ("Commentarii in Sex Libros Pedacii Dioscoridis") were published. The illustrations are in the style of the work of Leonhart Fuchs whose "De Historia Stipium" was published in 1542, and is, with the "Herbarum Vivae Eicones of Brunfels" published in 1530, one of "the two main landmarks of botanical illustration and scholarship in the first half of the 16th century. These were the first biological books which relied on scientifically accurate illustrations." (Rix, Art of Botanical Illustration). The primary purpose of the herbal was to identify the medicinal properties of plants (in contrast to the purely decorative function of later florilegia). Item #39364

Price: $75.00

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