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7.8/10
Medicinal & Officinal Plants vol. 3
Darwin's View / 25 maggio 2017

The Botany of William Woodville & James Sowerby.. (3rd volume) Shown in this series of three books are the complete and original pattern hand-colored engravings plates from the artist James Sowerby’s medical plants present in the great work of William Woodville: Medical botany (London : Printed and sold for the author, by James Phillips, 1790-1793). Medical Botany, William Woodville’s three volume work of materia medica, was published in monthly installments between 1790 and 1793. A third edition of five volumes (the same used in our reproduction) was presented in 1832, twenty-seven years after Woodville’s death. This publication added descriptions of thirty-nine new plants and was edited and revised by the eminent botanist, William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865). With this work, Woodville intended to educate medical practitioners about the plants they prescribe and improve upon preceding works by introducing new plants and more detail.

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7.5/10
Medicinal & Officinal Plants vol. 2
Darwin's View / 25 maggio 2017

The Botany of William Woodville & James Sowerby.. (2nd volume) Shown in this series of three books are the complete and original pattern hand-colored engravings plates from the artist James Sowerby’s medical plants present in the great work of William Woodville: Medical botany (London : Printed and sold for the author, by James Phillips, 1790-1793). Medical Botany, William Woodville’s three volume work of materia medica, was published in monthly installments between 1790 and 1793. A third edition of five volumes (the same used in our reproduction) was presented in 1832, twenty-seven years after Woodville’s death. This publication added descriptions of thirty-nine new plants and was edited and revised by the eminent botanist, William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865). With this work, Woodville intended to educate medical practitioners about the plants they prescribe and improve upon preceding works by introducing new plants and more detail.

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7.8/10
Medical & Officinal Plants – Vol. 1
Darwin's View / 25 maggio 2017

The Botany of William Woodville & James Sowerby.. Shown in this series of three books are the complete and original pattern hand-colored engravings plates from the artist James Sowerby’s medical plants present in the great work of William Woodville: Medical botany (London : Printed and sold for the author, by James Phillips, 1790-1793). Medical Botany, William Woodville’s three volume work of materia medica, was published in monthly installments between 1790 and 1793. A third edition of five volumes (the same used in our reproduction) was presented in 1832, twenty-seven years after Woodville’s death. This publication added descriptions of thirty-nine new plants and was edited and revised by the eminent botanist, William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865). With this work, Woodville intended to educate medical practitioners about the plants they prescribe and improve upon preceding works by introducing new plants and more detail.  

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8.6/10
Flowers, butterflies, insects, caterpillars & serpents….
Darwin's View / 25 maggio 2017

From Sybilla Merian & Moses Hariss XVII-XVIII Centuries engravings In those years, Europe was full of bonfires committed to make a clean sweep of witches. At the same time a young scientist: Sybilla Merian, daughter of the well-known German engraver Matthaeus Merian, was instead committed to studying, and illustrating the microscopic world of insects, caterpillars and butterflies and the little bigger world of flowers, plants and animals. The wonderful metamorphosis of caterpillars was the basis of her best work: Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, published in Amsterdam in 1705. The work carried out by Sibylla Merian is fantastic. Indeed, during that time, it was unusual to deal with insects – the beasts of Satan. Her drawings of plants, snakes, spiders, iguanas and tropical beetles are still considered masterpieces and are sought-after by collectors around the world. Another great master, the English entomologist Moses Harris, contributed to complete the volume with his interesting engravings.

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8.3/10
Oranges, mandarins, cedars, lemons & bergamots..
Darwin's View / 24 maggio 2017

Artistic engravings of Ferrari, Aldrovrandi, Volckhamer… Curious and detailed collection of images of botanical subjects belonging to the citrus family, made by artists, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Artists of the past engaged in the realization of real museums of natural history. One of them, among the best known, the bolognese Aldrovandi called his work “theater” or “microcosm of nature,” he placed at the disposal of 18.000 scholars “diversity of natural things” and 7.000 “dried plants in fifteen volumes” . 17 volumes containing thousands of beautiful watercolors of animals, plants, minerals and monsters were part of the collection. These responded to the precise Aldrovandi and colleagues’s awareness of the images’ central role, as part of the research, that in their opinion were indeed very useful for the circulation of knowledge, offering a faithful portrait of the “natural things”…