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PLENCK, JOSEPH JACOB - Phoenix Dactylifera./ Die Gemeine Dattelpalme. (Date Palm Tree)

PLENCK, JOSEPH JACOB - Phoenix Dactylifera./ Die Gemeine Dattelpalme. (Date Palm Tree)
Phoenix Dactylifera./ Die Gemeine Dattelpalme. (Date Palm Tree) - PLENCK, JOSEPH JACOB
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Title : Phoenix Dactylifera./ Die Gemeine Dattelpalme. (Date Palm Tree).
Map maker : PLENCK, JOSEPH JACOB.
Date : Vienna, 1788-1803.
Size : 15.4 x 9.6 inches. / 39.0 x 24.5 cm.
Colouring : Original colouring.

Description :Original coloured copper engraving. paper size 48 x 33 cm; laid paper; watermarked.
From: 'Icones plantarum medicinalium', Vienna, 1788-1803. Joseph Jacob Plenck (1735-1807) was an Austrian physician and the founder of modern dermatology. He was born the son of a Viennese bookbinder and studied medicine; he served in the Seven Years' War despite his unfinished education, he trained as a regimental doctor.
In 1770, he was appointed by Empress Maria Theresa professor of surgery and obstetrics at the University of Trnava; from there he went on to Budapest and in 1785, was finally appointed professor of chemistry and botany at the Military-Medical Academy in Vienna (Josephinum).
From 1788, he published seven volumes of his 'Icones plantarum medicinalium'. In his work, which contains a total of 758 coloured copper engravings, he described the medical use of all of the then known herbal plants, according to Linnaeus' new botanical classification system, and wrote all the text in German and Latin.

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Condition : Slightly browned paper; some discolouration; some faint creases; edges frayed with occasional minor marginal tears, not affecting image; some soiling and occasional foxing; otherwise in very good condition.


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