Book/Printed Material Book of Herbs. Kräuterbuch

About this Item

Title

  • Book of Herbs.

Other Title

  • Kräuterbuch

Summary

  • Johannes Hartlieb's Kräuterbuch (Book of herbs) of 1462 is basically an extract from Konrad von Megenberg's Buch der Natur (Book of nature) written a century earlier, which was the first natural history in the German language. Hartlieb's subject is plants, mostly herbs, and their medical uses. What makes the Kräuterbuch special is the side-by-side presentation of text and images. The high cost of such a richly decorated book makes it unlikely that it was actually used by doctors or pharmacists of the time. The botanical imprecision of the 160 pictures, in any case, would have made identification of particular plants in nature difficult. The book also has ten additional images of animals, which are not relevant to the subject of plants and medicine. These factors suggest that the book was created for representational purposes. Hartlieb (circa 1410--68) was the long-time personal physician of Duke Albrecht III of Bavaria.

Names

  • Hartlieb, Johannes, 1410-1468 Author.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1462.

Headings

  • -  Germany
  • -  1462
  • -  Herbals
  • -  Herbs
  • -  Medicinal plants

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 183 pages.
  • -  Original resource at: Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.
  • -  Content in German.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667734

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Hartlieb, Johannes, Author. Book of Herbs. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1462] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667734/.

APA citation style:

Hartlieb, J. (1462) Book of Herbs. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667734/.

MLA citation style:

Hartlieb, Johannes, Author. Book of Herbs. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1462] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021667734/>.