Nehemiah Grew’s Anatomy of Plants (1680)

In the 82 illustrated plates included in his 1680 book The Anatomy of Plants, the English botanist Nehemiah Grew revealed for the first time the inner structure and function of plants in all their splendorous intricacy. Find out more in Brian Garret’s article for The Public Domain Review – “The Life and Work of Nehemiah Grew” – which explores how Grew’s pioneering ‘mechanist’ vision in relation to the floral world paved the way for the science of plant anatomy.

Housed at: Internet Archive | From: Missouri Botanical Garden via Botanicus
Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: Pending Clarification
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  • Smart Janitor

    These are utterly amazing. They’re from 1680, and yet look futuristic to this viewer, looking at them in 2013. Wow! Thanks for curating.