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De mace

About This Item

Title

De mace

Subject

Plants, Medicinal
Myristica fragrans
Book Illustrations
Incunabula

Description

Woodcut printed by Pierre Le Caron, artist unknown.
Mace possibly represents Myristica fragrans, commonly known as the nutmeg tree. The spice, mace, is derived from the covering of the seed.

Source

Original image in: Grant herbier (Imprime a Paris : par Pierre Le Caron, [ca. 1498-1500]). ZYa 16 1498 (Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia)
Le Grant Herbier was the first major herbal printed in French. The anonymous text, first printed ca. 1486-1488, borrowed 264 of its 474 chapters from an earlier work, Circa instans, and also based its illustrations on woodcuts from Gart der Gesundheit. The College’s copy, the 3rd printed edition, ca. 1498-1500, contains 308 woodcut illustrations of plants, along with a few animals, identified with Latin headings. Due to limitations of the illustrations, along with variations in nomenclature, it is difficult to determine the precise identity of each plant with certainty.

Publisher

Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date

1498?

Contributor

Le Caron, Pierre, active 1488-approximately 1500

Identifier

ZYa_16_1498.n1ra

Original Format

1 print : woodcut

Physical Dimensions

7 x 6 cm

Citation

“De mace,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed December 18, 2018, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/1128.