The Special Collections Book of the Week this week is:
Botanica in originali, seu Herbarium vivum by Johann Hieronymus Kniphof.
Johann Hieronymus Kniphof was a German physician and botanist. This botanical work was first published in 1733 and was well-known for employing a printing technique known as "nature printing", which at the time was a little understood process that Kniphof had mastered in order to imprint details of various botanical specimens. The book is full of gorgeous prints, and it seems as if the work was originally sold unbound, so buyers could order and bind the pages as they wanted.
UPSpace Access: http://hdl.handle.net/2263/67163
Our 1759 edition of Botanica in originali, seu Herbarium vivum is available at Special Collections, housed on level 5 of the Merensky 2 Library, and is part of our Reserved (RES) Collection.
The Special Collections unit of the Department of Library Services plays a stewardship role in the acquisition and preservation of the Library's rare and valuable information resources, making them accessible to students, staff and researchers, as well as safeguarding them for future generations.