Medicinal plants, China, 1775-1781.
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Hand-coloured engraving after a Chinese illustration. These plants are not identified as, according to the book they were published in, China was closed to foreigners at the time, and Chinese plant nomenclature was as complicated as its European counterpart. Illustration from 'Premiere [-seconde] centurie de planches enluminEes et non enluminEes representant au naturel ce qui se trouve de plus interessant et de plus curieux parmi les animaux, les vegetaux et les mineraux, pour servir d'intelligence A l'Histoire generale des trois regnes de la nature'. This work on the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms of nature, by Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz (1731-1807), was published in Paris between 1775 and 1781.