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1788 Yew Tree, Botany - J. J. Plenck, Icones plantarum 45cm Folio hand coloured
J. J. Plenck,
Icones plantarum medicinalium, Wien 1788 ff.
Sheet Size 45 x 29 cm.
References Nissen, BBI 1536, Great Flower Books 70 u. de Belder 281
Joseph Jacob Plenck ( Plencke in some works) (1735-1807) was an Austrian physician and the founder of modern dermatology. He was born the son of a Viennese bookbinder and studied medicine; he served in the Seven Years' War, and despite his unfinished education, he trained as a regimental doctor.In 1770, he was appointed by Empress Maria Theresa professor of surgery and obstetrics at the University of Trnava; from there he went on to Budapest and in 1785, was finally appointed professor of chemistry and botany at the Military-Medical Academy in Vienna (Josephinum). From 1788, he published seven volumes of his 'Icones plantarum medicinalium'. In his work, which contains a total of 758 coloured copper engravings, he described the medical use of all of the then known herbal plants, according to Linnaeus' new botanical classification system, and wrote all the text in German and Latin. Plates by Plenck hardly ever are offered for sale in decent condition and are rare!
One tiny pin hole.