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Picturing the Book of Nature
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Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical Botany

Sachiko Kusukawa


Because of their spectacular, naturalistic pictures of plants and the human body, Leonhart Fuchs' De historia stirpium and Andreas Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica are landmark publications in the history of the printed book. But as this book makes clear, they do more than bear witness to the development of book publishing during the Renaissance and to the prominence attained by the fields of medical botany and anatomy in European medicine. The author examines these texts, as well as Conrad Gessner's unpublished Historia plantarum, and demonstrates how their illustrations were integral to ... More

Keywords: De historia stirpium, book publishing, Renaissance, medical botany, Conrad Gessner, European medicine, Historia plantarum, De humani corporis fabrica, Leonhart Fuchs, Andreas Vesalius

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226465296
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226465289.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sachiko Kusukawa, author