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Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP
MacOS 9.2, Mac OS X 10.1 oder höher
Verlagsinformation :: Publisher's information
Fuchs' imposing folio of "Commentaries on the history of plants" is widely considered to be the most beautiful herbal ever published. The author was professor of medicine at Tübingen - appropriately, for systematic botany has its origins in medical science. The careful study of the qualities of plants and the details that serve to distinguish one species from another was the foundation of pharmacy for over two millennia. Just as Alfred North Whitehead claimed that all western philosophy could be considered "a footnote to Plato," all western botany for 1,500 years might well be called a footnote to the first-century Greek physician Dioscorides.
Like most botanical books of its time, "Fuchs' Herbal" (as it is commonly known) consists largely of "commentaries" on Dioscorides. The superb illustrations, however, present a commentary on nothing but Nature itself. They are not copied from earlier manuscripts, as so often in the Dioscoridian tradition, but taken from life by three artists whose essential contribution Fuchs acknowledged at the end by including portraits of painter, draftsman, and engraver. Their 512 largely full-page woodcuts illustrate some 400 German and 100 foreign plants, and include the first published representation of maize - Fuchs called it "Turkish corn." The collaboration was so successful that Fuchs' Herbal was frequently reprinted or pirated in less costly and much reduced format for student or field use. This Octavo Edition, from the Warnock Library, continues the tradition, offering the convenience of a pocket edition with all the magnificence and accuracy of the original folio.
- Digital images of every page, cover to cover, in full color, presented as uncropped spreads, magnifiable to 200 % of the original book's size
- PDF file on CD-ROM with all of Acrobat Reader's viewing, navigation, and search features
- Commentary by Karen Reeds, botany historian
- Binding description, book contents, and provenance
- Linked bookmarks for all text and illustrations
- Digital images of every page, cover to cover, in full color, presented as uncropped spreads, magnified to 200%