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The Great Herbal of Leonhart Fuchs: De historia stirpium commentarii insignes, 1542.

Fuchs, Leonhart. The Great Herbal of Leonhart Fuchs: De historia stirpium commentarii insignes, 1542.

Commentary by Frederick Meyer, Emily Emmart Trueblood, John L. Heller. 2 vols. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999. 106 color pl. + 895 pp.(Volume 1 Commentary) + 900 pp. (Volume 2 Facsimile). illus, bibl, append, index. n.p. ISBN: 0-8047-1631-1.

Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566) is considered one of the Renaissance progenitors of modern botany; this two-volume work strives to make his Latin herbal available to the modern reader who, without ready access to a scholarly collection, might never have the opportunity to turn the pages of this rare and beautifully illustrated work. Volume 1 is comprised of 900 pages of "commentary based on three decades of historical and botanical research." Topics covered range from the life of the author to a systematic summary of the plants figured in the herbal. Volume 2 is a facsimile edition of Fuchs's 900-page text, replete with reproductions of the 511 woodcut figures.
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Publication:Renaissance Quarterly
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 22, 2000
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