In publishing this work, Aboca Museum wishes to offer specialists and booklovers a reading of one of the most interesting and rarest volumes in the history of botany: the herbarium Hortus Eystettensisby Basilius Besler, published in three volumes in Nuremberg in 1613, and containing 367 hand-coloured copper engravings.
The Commentarium is an integral part of the herbarium, which is considered to be one of the most important of its kind in the history of European botany, thanks to the wealth of species, most of which are medicinal, contained therein, and the rich detail and wonderful colours of the image.
The Commentarium, put together by various specialists, represents an important contribution to the understanding of this unique work, and in particular of the historical and cultural context in which it was produced, and of the contents thereof from both the historical-artistic point of view, and from the botanical and biographical points of view.
The Commentarium put together by various specialists:
Alessandro Menghini is a professor of Pharmaceutical Botany at the Università degli Studi di Perugia. A scholar of history of pharmacy, for Aboca Edizioni he was in charge of: The Garden of the Spirit, La Verna Spezieria e Speziali, De historia stirpium by L. Fuchs, Hortus eystettensis by B. Besler, Thesaurus pauperum by P. Hispano and the medieval Arabic herbarium Kitâb al-Dyriâq
Duilio Contin is the director of the Bibliotheca Antiqua of Aboca Museum. Gratuated in Conservation of Cultural Heritage, often visits the most important libraries in the world. Enthusiat bibliologo, he has a particular interest in the history of the techniques of the illustrati
K. W. Littger, director of the Eychstatt Library
Wolfang Muller Jancke, he teaches Pharmaceutics History at the University of Heidelberg
W. Dressendorfer, botanist and university professor.