Many of these woodcuts were so delicately cut, that the blocks soon became worn. The 'first impressions' (of the 1560s) of such woodcuts were undoubtedly the best" (Savage 127).
Pietro Andrea Mattioli's (1500–77) Herbal (1565) was one of the most significant editions of Mattioli's commentary on Dioscorides (circa A.D. 40–90). It is also one of scarcest herbals, with exquisite large woodcuts is exceptional detail.
Giorgio Liberale was an Italian artist from Udine who had been working for the imperial court in Prague. In this role he produced some 600 large blocks that were used in the Venice edition of Matthioli’s Herbal. The work resulted in some of the finest woodcuts of any herbal produced in any century.