PHS McLean Library, 100 N. 20th Street, 1st Floor
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the 1517 edition of Hortus Sanitatis, a late medieval compendium with over 1,000 charming and sometimes enigmatic woodcuts of plants, animals, and birds as well as mythical creatures -- dragons, harpies, hydras, and mermen. Just 25 years later, Leonhart Fuchs published his landmark work De Historia Stirpium, 1542. A masterpiece of the German Renaissance, this herbal has over 500 illustrations including 100 plants new to Europe, drawn and printed with precision and accuracy.
Learn more about these remarkable books – why they were published, and what they can tell us today about European natural history 500 years ago. This will be a “turning the pages” event. Participants will have an extraordinary opportunity to view and ask questions about the books. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Fee: Free; Pre-register online or call 215.988.1698.