Joseph Jacob Plenck


Icones plantarum medicinalium (Vienna, 1788-90) is a spectacular work in Latin and German in three large folio books. Very colourfully illustrated from copperplates, each volume contains one hundred pictures, and is called a ‘centurea’. The work follows Linnaeus in giving each plant a simple, two-word Latin name. Alongside some exotics, common European wildflowers are depicted with botanical details, medicinal uses, and instructions on how to make and take the remedies. The plate shown here is of the Spanish Capsicum.