“Powerful Grace Lies in Herbs and Plants”

Pietro Andrea Mattioli’s rendition of Dioscorides’s botanical work swiftly became one of the most popular herbals available in the sixteenth century. It was translated into many languages and appeared in countless editions. The book contains not only the text of Dioscorides, but represents the entire flora known to Mattioli. He recorded new plants found especially in Tyrol. The erudite and extensive commentary that Mattioli added to his vernacular translation, was a chief factor in the rapid and wide acceptance of his work.

New Kreuterbuch

Prague: G. Melantrich von Auetin, 1563.
(Washington University, Becker Library)

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