On Exhibit: Medicinal Wildflowers

“Medicinal Wildflowers: A Collection of Antique Illustrations” now on display in Special Collections and Archives, third floor of Monroe Library.

Monroe Library’s Special Collections and Archives is proud to display reproductions from one of the most beautiful volumes in our collection, Deutschlands wildwachsende Arzney-Pflanzen by German botanist Johann Gotttleib Mann.

Published in 1828, Deutschlands wildwachsende Arzney-Pflanzen (Germany’s Wild Medicinal Plants) contains hand-colored lithographs of medical plants, flowers, and fruits. Following the illustrations is the Latin name and German description for each plant.

In the introduction to the volume, Mann states that his goal in publishing the work was two-fold: to present a collection of realistic drawings of medicinal plants for the use of doctors, veterinarians and pharmacists who would not otherwise have the time or opportunity to study the plants in nature, and to give a simple and precise description of the plants along with where they may be found and when they are in season.  Mann’s illustrations transcend their original, utilitarian purpose of assisting medical professionals, however; they are works of art.

The exhibit runs until December 16, and may be viewed in Special Collections and Archives, Monday through Friday, 8.30-4..45.

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