Turning the Book Wheel
A tumblr of semi-random stuff from the stacks of the Smithsonian Libraries
9 of April, 2014

Last week while at the Missouri Botanical Garden for a meeting, I had a tour of the library’s rare book room from head librarian Doug Holland. 
The books pictured are two editions of the Gart der Gesundheit  (“Garden of Health”) one of the most influential early works on medicinal plants. The top image is from a later edition published by the original publisher, Peter Schoeffer, and the bottom 3 are from a “pirated” 1487 edition published by Hamsen Schönsperger. 

The phone picture being compared to the Schönsperger page is of the female mandrake found in the New York Public Library’s copy of the book.


Posted 4 months ago
Tags:  #herbals  #medicinal plants  #renaissance  #bonus shelf pictures because they are so pretty  #mandrake  #incunabula

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