Date of Printing: 1778 • Medium: Copperplate Engraving (hand colored) • Subject Category: Natural History - Plants & Flowers • Signed: Unsigned • Period Created: Enlightenment (1700 - 1799) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: 39.5 x 25 • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 46.5 x 32.3 • Style: FOLIO Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Excellent • Edition Type: 1st Edition - Limited • Paper Type: Laid Paper, Watermarked • Framed: Print only
This wonderful, almost pristine engraving is from Joseph Jakob Plenck's scarce "Icones Plantarum Medicinalium Secundum Systema Linnaei Digestarum," published in Vienna in 1778. This work was devoted to the medicinal properties of native European plants. Many had never been illustrated before. The engravings have a freshness and simplicity that charms collectors today.
Tab. 87. Menyanthes Trifoliata was a useful in the days when scurvy was prevalent. It was also used to reduce fever, deobstruent, cathartic and tonic.
Joseph Jakob Ritter Plenk or Plenck (1738–1807) was an Austrian physician and polymath. He is now known as a pioneer dermatologist.