Date of Printing: 1552 • Medium: Woodcut Print (hand colored) • Subject Category: Natural History - Plants & Flowers • Signed: Unsigned • Period Created: Renaissance (1351 - 1599) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: N/A • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 23.2 x 16 • Style: Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Printed Text and Image on verso • Condition: Very Good, some spotting • Edition Type: Limited Edition • Paper Type: Laid Paper • Framed: Print only
This print of a fern plant features two fern prints on either side of the paper. An original woodcut, hand-coloured print dating from the Renaissance, this wonderful and rare 1552 work by artist David Kandel in Hieronymus Bock's publication.
Bock's work to many represents the basis for modern botany. His descriptions of the plants were written to allow for identification without an accompanying picture, and indeed the first edition of this work published in 1539 was completely lacking in images. The second edition was published in 1546 and illustrated by David Kandel, with this third edition following in 1551. This Latin translation was published in 1552 with translation by Kavid Kyber. The organization of this work represents a departure from previous herbals. Plants are divided into herbs, shrubs, and trees, then grouped based on appearance, qualities or other similarities. This is thought by some to have paved the way to the modern use of genus and species (Anderson, Frank. An Illustrated History of the Herbals. New York: Columbia University Press, 1977).
Bock, Hieronymus (1498-1554) ; Kandel, David (1526-1553) ; Gessner, Conrad (1516-1565)
ORIGINAL FROM 1552 - ITEM CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Small water stain lower margin which will be unnoticable with matting, please see photos. Some colour show through.