Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566)
Leonharti Fuchsii Institutionum medicinae libri quinque…. Basileae: Per Hieronymum Gemusaeum, 1594.
- Leonhard Fuchs. …Institutionum medicinae libri quinque…. Note the worm or insect damage at the right bottom corner of page.
- Leonhard Fuchs. …Institutionum medicinae libri quinque…. Initial includes scene from Genesis showing Eve, Adam, and the Tree.
Leonhard Fuchs, who knew the work of the ancient botanists and observed nature carefully, prepared a botanical guide that came to be a standard for precise description and accurate woodcut illustrations. They are also pleasing to the eye. He listed each plant alphabetically; named its habitat; described its form; gave its uses; and explained when it should be collected. The genus of flowering plants (Fuchsia) commemorates his name.