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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


Gart der Gesundheit (1485) digitized

26 July 2022

We have digitized our hand-colored copy of Gart der Gesundheit (Mainz, Peter Schoeffer, 1485), one of the oldest books in our Library. This is one of nine incunabula—books printed from moveable type before 1501—in our Library, all purchased by Rachel Hunt. Our copy is covered in soft cream suede, woodcuts are hand colored throughout, and the text has rubricated leaf numbers, text markings and a large initial letter at the beginning of each chapter. It also includes an additional handwritten index at the end. This book is accessible as PDFs organized according to the five unnumbered sections of text with the additional index of German plant names and a finding guide.

About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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