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Jacob Meydenbach, Ortus Sanitatis

1491

The British Library

The British Library

Hortus Sanitatis (Latin for ‘The Garden of Health’) is the first printed encyclopaedia of natural history, featuring sections devoted to plants, animals, birds, fish and stones. This hand-coloured woodcut illustration prefaces the section entitled De Lapidibus (‘On stones’), and it shows a Potions class. The Potions master is wearing an ermine-lined green cloak, clutching a stick in his left hand, with his assistant holding open a book of recipes. It is questionable how much attention the students are paying! Shown here: ff. Ee ii v–Ee iii r

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  • Title: Jacob Meydenbach, Ortus Sanitatis
  • Date Created: 1491
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: Strasbourg
  • Type: Printed book
  • Original Source: IB.344.
  • Rights: Public Domain in most countries other than the UK. For more information visit: https://www.bl.uk/help/how-to-reuse-images-of-unpublished-manuscripts

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