1491 Snake Woman Eve Hortus Sanitatis

1491 Snake Woman Eve Hortus Sanitatis

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Caption: 1491 Woodblock illustration of a from Ortus (Hortus) sanitatis - translated from the latin as "Garden of Health". Shows a snake-headed woman by a dead tree, an aliteration of the snake that tempted eve. The Hortus was the first printed natural history encyclopaedia and was published by Jacob Meydenbach in Mainz, Germany in 1491. He describes plants and animals (both real and mythical) together with minerals and various trades, with their medicinal value and method of preparation.

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