1543  Leonhard Fuchs; Salomon Schinz - LARGE FOLIO - Knotweed, Botany - 38cm - hand coloured
Superb woodcut initially published in DE HISTORIA STIRPIUM COMMENTARII INSIGNES (1543) by LEONHARD FUCHS.
Here published in "Anleitung zu der Pflanzenkenntnis" by Salomon Schinz. First and only edition, documenting a remarkable survival. The 101 woodcuts are printed from the original blocks of Fuchs 'De Stirpium historia', 1542, the most celebrated herbal ever published. "The only apparent difference is the removal of the (printed) plant-names from the old plates and the printing of new ones at the bottom."
The woodcut has been hand coloured by during the winter of 1774 by young people of the Zurich Orphanage.
Salomon Schinz (1734 - 1784) swiss physician, smallpox vaccine pioneer, Zurich´s Medical Institute founder and Botanical Garden main promoter, naturalist and botanist, selected and printed out 101 from the 512 original Leonhart Fuchs' "De Historia Stirpium" (Basel, 1542) wood blocks; which back then were to be found in the possession of the Gessner family whose heiress: Magdalena, he also had married. "De Historia Stirpium" is seen as one the most beautiful herbal ever published and definitely as the crown jewel of the German Renaissance issued in 1542 in Basel.