Hortus Sanitatis De Herbis 1491
Jacob Meydenbach, Mainz
Woodcut. Size of sheet: 30.2 x 20.7 cm.
A single leaf from first printing of Hortus Sanitatis De Herbis, Mainz, 1491.
The text printed in double column, 48 lines per page plus headline.
Literature: BSB H-388; Goff H-486.
The Hortus Sanitatis (Latin for ‘The Garden of Health’), the first printed encyclopaedia of the natural world and its medicinal resources is "perhaps the most important medical woodcut book printed before 1500" (Hunt catalogue, I, 12).