Rauwolff (1583)


Leonard Rauwolff was a physician of Augsberg who collected plants in the Middle East and elsewhere. His herbarium still exists in the University of Leiden. The present work, Aigentliche Beschreibyng der Raisz (1583), includes 42 pages of woodcuts, showing one plant per page. They are sharply drawn and neatly arranged, and they are, both botanically and artistically, a huge advance on the Macer Floridus of a hundred or so years earlier.