- De historia stirpium commentarii insignes. Basel: Michael Isingrin, 1542
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Fuchs, together with Otto Brunfels and Hieronymous Bock, was one of the three German fathers of modern botany. Although Fuchs's main objective was medicinal (he was professor of medicine at Tübingen), he also gives accurate botanical descriptions. The illustrations show over 400 German plants and 100 foreign plants, including the first description of several recently-discovered American plants, such as maize (mistakenly thought by Fuchs to originate in Turkey), pumpkin, chilli pepper, and snap bean. The illustrations themselves were drawn from life by Albert Meyer, mainly using examples found in Fuchs's garden. Füllmaurer transferred the images to woodblock where they were cut by Speckle; all three of these illustrators are named and depicted in the book. The woodcuts, with their elegant economy of style and lack of shading, lend themselves beautifully to the delicately applied colours.