Item #010255 1499 – Incunable leaf from the Hortus Sanitatis (Garden of Health), an early natural history encyclopedia, which described species and their medicinal uses. Unknown Author.
1499 – Incunable leaf from the Hortus Sanitatis (Garden of Health), an early natural history encyclopedia, which described species and their medicinal uses

1499 – Incunable leaf from the Hortus Sanitatis (Garden of Health), an early natural history encyclopedia, which described species and their medicinal uses

Strasbourg: Johann Pruss, 1499. Disbound. The Hortus Sanitatis, written by an unknown author, was first published in 1491. It describes species in the natural world along with their medicinal uses and modes of preparation. It followed the Latin Herbarius moguntinus (1484) and the German Gart der Gesundheit (1485). Unlike these earlier works, in addition to a thorough discussion of plants, it also includes four more sections describing animals, birds, fish, and stones. Moreover, the author did not restrict himself to dealing only with real creatures, but also includes accounts of mythical animals.

This leaf (approximately 8” x 11½”) contains Capitulum cii-cvi (Chapter 102-106) from the section title Des Piscibus (Of the Fishes). It is from the 1499 edition published in Strasbourg by Johann Pruss. Very good. Item #010255

Price: $125.00