By Sachiko Kusukawa
Because in their amazing, naturalistic photographs of vegetation and the human physique, Leonhart Fuchs’s De historia stirpium and Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica are landmark courses within the background of the published ebook. yet as Picturing the e-book of Nature makes transparent, they do greater than undergo witness to the improvement of publication publishing in the course of the Renaissance and to the prominence attained by way of the fields of clinical botany and anatomy in ecu medication. Sachiko Kusukawa examines those texts, in addition to Conrad Gessner’s unpublished Historia plantarum, and demonstrates how their illustrations have been indispensable to the emergence of a brand new kind of argument in this period—a visual argument for the clinical research of nature.
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