Because I am so unbelievably in love with this 16th century Italian manuscript, I’m going to post all the pages I can find of it, one by one. I couldn’t be happier that this thing exists. Here’s the first plate from Dioscorides’ ‘De re medica’, by Pietro Andrea Mattioli, Physician of Siena, assembled and illustrated by Gherardo Cibo—ca. 1564-1584.

“Full page botanical painting of Asplenium scolopendrium or ‘Argentina’ (Silverweed) growing on a rock with a man in a hat sitting nearby and a mountain landscape with a walled town in the background. ”


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