Pietro Andrea Mattoli
Herbals were important for their descriptions of a wide variety of plants from all across the globe, many of which the average reader of such a book would not be likely to see in person. They also contained descriptions of more common plants, and were useful to those creating gardens as well as those creating medicines. This view on Mattoli’s title
page shows the garden of a country manor, with a
finely dressed couple touring the grounds while two
workers tend the plants.
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