No date. Ca. 1600.
Single woodcut (approximately 5 x 3 inches), hand colored, bordered by text, on single sheet 8 1/2 x 14 inches, single woodcut and text on verso. Dampstain to lower right edge, a few faint spots and ink marks, overall very good condition. Beautifully designed and executed wood cut of an Iris, showing flowers, leaves, roots. Coloring appears to be early hand color, simple and carefully done. Verso of page 339 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. Single wood cut of "Sparganion, Carex" on verso. Item #44569