HERBAL by Joseph Wood Krutch


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A beautifully realized volume offers the woodcuts in Pierandrea Mattioli's folio, Commentaries on the Six Books of Dioscorides, which was published in Prate in 1563 and Venice in 1565. Accompanying are facing page essays by the renowned naturalist JWK which refer to earlier beliefs about the plants. The familiar and benevolent lettuce, carrot, oats appear along with the mandrake, hellebore, henbane with their more sinister and exotic connotation. Lore and art in delicate, delightful equilibrium.

Pub Date: Oct. 27th, 1965
Publisher: Putnam