Maize in the Great Herbals

By: FINAN, John J

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Masachusetts, USA: Chronica Botanica Company, 1950. Publishers original blue cloth with gilt maize motif on front cover and gilt lettering to white cloth spine. Illustrated endpapers, no inscriptions. 191pp. including 25 b/w line illustrations throughout text, pages clean and bright in a firm binding. This is the story of the arrival of maize to Europe as reflected in the works of the Renaissance herbalists. From botanists the author learned the distinguishing features of the plants themselves and the ways in which they are affected when maize if brought out of the tropics. From the art historians he learned the limitations, which the process of woodcutting imposes upon the illustrator. Under the guidance of language experts he interpreted the text and with the Spanish historians determined the probable extent to which the early literature of exploration had furnished information for the herbals. Contents: Maize I Post-Conquest Hispanic America - Descriptions of Maize by Spanish Chroniclers from 1590 and Uses of Maize by the Natives of the New World; Maize in the Great Herbals of Europe - German Herbalists from 1539, Herbalists in the Low Countries from 1552, Italian Herbalists from 1570, Spanish Herbalists from 1569, Herbalists in Switzerland from 1596, English Herbalists from 1578; Tables; Woodcuts and description of Original Cuts from 1542. Table of Maize in the 16th and 16th Century Herbals.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Fine/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

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