Leonhart Fuchs (15 January 1501 - 10 May 1566) is best known for the development and publication of one of the very important early Herbals in 1543.
He was born in Bavaria in Germany in 1501 at the height of the German Renaissance.
His primary purpose was the rediscovery of the ancient sources of information about medicine.
With the publication of The New Herbal he also became a noted and important author .
Prior to Fuch's Great Herbal, the illustrations used in the early Herbals were quite crude and of limited use from the perspective of finding and selecting the correct plant for medicinal use.
Fuchs's name is commemorated in the naming of the Fuchsia.
In total, he wrote more than 50 books and polemics
'there is nothing in this life pleasanter and more delightful than to wander over woods, mountains, plains, garlanded and adorned with flowerlets and plants of various sorts, and most elegant to boot, and to gaze intently on them. But it increases that pleasure and delight not a little, if there be added an acquaintance with the virtues and powers of these same plants'
Only some 150 copies of the herbal are known to survive in rare book collections, and in the antiquarian book market it commands high prices (a copy was sold at Christie's for $17,000 in 1997).
Publication date: 1542.
Printed: at the print shop of Michael Isengrin in Basel.
Leonhart Fuchs: The New Herbal of 1543
by Leonhart Fuchs (Author)
with Klaus Dobat and Werner Dressendorfer
A new edition of a facsimile of the Great Herbal by Taschen - based on Fuch's original and own copy of the Herbal
It's quite remarkable that:
I've got the highest regard for Taschen. They always do a wonderful job of reproductions of historical books.
Hardcover: 960 pages
Publisher: Taschen GmbH
Publication date: 25.05.16
BUY in UK: Leonhart Fuchs: The New Herbal of 1543 (Va)
What makes it special
Fuchs made sure that all the plants were alphabetically according to their names in Greek. Botanical Latin hadn't yet been invented!
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