No date. Ca. 1600.
Two woodcuts (each approximately 5 x 3 inches), hand colored, on single sheet 8 1/2 x 14 inches, text on verso. Dampstain to lower edge, 3/4 inch mark to mid left edge, overall very good condition. Beautifully designed and executed wood cuts of two types of gourd on the vine, showing flowers, roots. Coloring appears to be early hand color, simple and carefully done. Page page 155 from an unidentified old German language (fraktur) herbal, possibly Mattioli’s "Kreuterbuch ...." (Jacob Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1611) a German version of his "Pedacii Dioscoridis de materia medica libri sex" first published in Venice 1558. Item #44555