Trento, Castello del Buonconsiglio

Herbarium of Trento Facsimile Edition

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The Herbal of Trento is the precious manuscript kept in the Trento Buonconsiglio Castle, realized in Venice at the end of the XV century and probably bound between 1562 and 1564 when it was in possession of don Vincenzo Sabbia, priest of Lodi.

This is a work which properly combines scientific aims and artistic refinement, giving birth to a worktool for ancient botanists and physicians and representing a possibility to recover for their patients. Today it offers us the important knowledge of real life of that time.

Through this magnificent work we can observe a distant world partly disappeared (some plants do not exist anymore), partly never existed (it describes fantastic plants and animals), partly still used today in the field of alternative medicine. At the same time we can admire the illustrations of common plants in watercolour, and read with curiosity strange magical formulas, evangelic quotations and prayers.

The first 43 double pages contain the drawings of 86 different medicinal plants (in pen and watercolour, recalling a Middle-Ages style) with the description of their properties and of the places where they grow. The other 23 double pages contain recipes taken from the book Thesaurus Pauperum by Pietro Ispano, divided in 86 two-column chapters.

The Herbal has 84 captions, of which 21 are written in a gross Latin language, with syntactical and grammatical mistakes, and evident influences in venetian dialect.

Binding description

Probably bound between 1562 and 1564 in Lodi.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Herbarium of Trento": Erbario di Trento facsimile edition, published by Priuli & Verlucca, editori, 2012

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Erbario di Trento

Scarmagno: Priuli & Verlucca, editori, 2012

  • Commentary (Italian) by Lupo, Michelangelo
  • Limited Edition: 550 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Herbarium of Trento: 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 is printed on special paper especially manufactured for the publisher by the mill and reproduced in several colors (up to 8). The pages are hand-trimmed and hand-bound. 


Leather with gilt toolings.

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