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De Historia Stirpium by Leonhart Fuchs Facsimile Edition

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An original specimen printed in Basel in 1542 including 517 colour woodcuts. The herbarium is an extraordinary scientific document and artistic masterpiece that has always been a source of fascination to enthusiasts of medicinal botany and art historians. 

A New Scientific Criteria

The description of the 343 plants is based on new scientific criteria – nomenclature, morphology and typical place of growth – and, in particular, their "vires" curative virtues), a classification that makes reference also to the Classical writers Galen and Hippocrates.Also included are an extensive glossary, an index in Greek, Latin and German, and a list of entries relating to spices. 

A Realistic Representation of the Botanical World

The scientific value and precision of the herbarium is enhanced by the 517 superb watercolour woodcut plates that represent an important step forward in phytography. They are the fruit of the partnership between Fuchs and a number of artists whose portraits are included in the frontispiece of the work, next to that of the author. It is thanks to the painters and the engraver that "De historia stirpium" contains pictures of flowers and plants that had never previously been so realistically depicted. For the first time the general appearance of the plants is favoured, showing the roots, stalk, leaves, flowers and fruits to ensure correct identification of plants found in nature. The work, which was translated into several languages, was a standard botanical reference in the sixteenth century.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "De Historia Stirpium by Leonhart Fuchs": De Historia Stirpium di Leonhart Fuchs facsimile edition, published by Aboca Museum, 2003

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De Historia Stirpium di Leonhart Fuchs

Sansepolcro: Aboca Museum, 2003

  • Commentary (Italian) by Menghini, Alessandro; Contin, Duilio
  • Limited Edition: not limited
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, De Historia Stirpium by Leonhart Fuchs: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The facsimile edition includes an exhaustive introductory booklet which gives the biography of the author and a description of some of the technical and artistic aspects of the printing and coloration. The anastatic copy of the herbarium also reproduces the work's imperfections and restoration work that has been carried out on the original. The laid paper used is a type of COROLLA BOOK Premium White. The volume is presented in an elegant slipcase.


The precious cover is made from wine-red imitation leather with seven strengthening bands in the spine, and the boards are decorated with sharply defined relief portraits of L. Fuchs and his collaborators.

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