Red poppy

Ectypa Vegetabilium, (Halle, 1760-1764)
Author: LUDWIG, Christian Gottlieb (1709-1773) Artist: N/A

Ludwig’s Ectypa, a book with 200 plates of medical plants, is not illustrated by an artist and an engraver but by the plant itself. It is the finest of the very few botanical books illustrated with nature-printed plates. The prints show evidence of great care in inking the very delicate plant in green. The flower and other details are applied in colours with stamps or stencil.

Wunderkammer is a gallery of unique medical art from the Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library.