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Joseph Jacob Plenck (1837-1807), Rhubarb, herb, large Folio hand colored - Botany

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Rheum Palmatum

Die handfoermige Rhubarber  

Rheum palmatum is a species of flowering plant in the knotweed family Polygonaceae. It is commonly called Chinese rhubarb, ornamental rhubarb, Turkey rhubarb or East Indian rhubarb.  

Rheum palmatum is a herbaceous perennial related to the edible rhubarb. It is primarily used in traditional medicine, and as an ornamental subject in the garden.

Height: 18.51 in. (47 cm)
Width: 12.41 in. (31.5 cm)


Handcolored engraving by Joseph Jacob Plenck, from “Icones Plantarum Medicinalium”, published in Vienn, between 1788 and 1803.  Joseph Jakob Ritter Plenk or Plenck (1738–1807) was an Austrian physician and polymath. He is now known as a pioneer dermatologist.  

This exceptionally rare, folio engraving features original hand-coloring on chain-linked paper. Icones Plantarum cataloged 700 medicinal botanical species and included both Latin and German text.