Spring Vegetables

A brief account of the Fruit, Herbs & Vegetables of Italy was written in 1614 by Giacomo Castelvetro (1546-1616) and dedicated to Lucy, Countess of Bedford. Trinity holds three manuscript versions, now digitised, and a copy of the gorgeous 1989 translation, The fruit, herbs & vegetables of Italy: an offering to Lucy, Countess of Bedford …

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Dürer and perspective

Albrecht Dürer (b. Nuremberg, 21 May 1471; d. Nuremberg, 6 April 1528) Painter, draughtsman, printmaker and writer. Now considered by many scholars the greatest of all German artists, he not only executed paintings and drawings of the highest quality but also made a major contribution to the development of printmaking, especially engraving, and to the …

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The instructive picture book; or, Lessons from the vegetable world

The text of this educational book on botany (Q.13.32) published in Edinburgh in 1857 is by Charlotte M. Yonge (1823-1901), better known as a novelist.  She had a strongly religious upbringing and spent most of her life in her native village of Otterbourne, near Winchester.  The greater part of the book consists of 31 hand-coloured …

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