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The Mexican Treasury: The Writings of Dr Francisco Hernandez

Edited By: Simon Varey, Rafael Chabran and Cynthia Chamberlin

296 pages, 15 b/w illus

Stanford University Press

Hardback | Apr 2001 | #120031 | ISBN: 0804739633
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Spanish physician and naturalist Francisco Hernandez (1515-87) spent 7 years gathering information throughout the Valley of Mexico. The result, the Natural History of New Spain, consisted of 6 folio volumes containing descriptions of over 3000 plants previously unknown in Europe (along with descriptions of a much smaller number of animals and minerals) and 10 folio volumes of paintings. Hernandez died before he could publish his work, and the materials were destroyed by fire in 1671. This volume presents the most extensive selection of his works yet published in English.


List of illustrations; Preface and acknowledgments; Abbreviations; A note on texts and translations; Chronology of the texts of Francisco Hernandez; Introduction; 1. Mexico, 1571-1615; 2. The Low Countries, 1630-1648; 3. Italy, c.1580-1651; 4. England, 1659-1825; 5. Spain, 1790; Appendix; Glossary; Index.

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