To discover: the oldest herbarium in Switzerland

Published on: Sep 06, 2016

A bibliophile publication makes the oldest herbarium in Switzerland accessible to the public. The generously illustrated volume permits intense insights in a cultural treasure from the 16th century.

The Burgerbibliothek of Berne stores an exceptional treasure, which is to be discovered at new. The herbarium of the Basle town doctor Felix Platter (1536-1614) is the oldest surviving herbarium in Switzerland. The herbarium originally consisted of 18 volumes; eight volumes with about 800 dried plants and corresponding illustrations are preserved until today.

A bibliophile publication makes the oldest herbarium in Switzerland accessible to the public. The generously illustrated volume edited by the Burgerbibliothek of Berne allows the discovery of an esthetically and scientifically outstanding source. Opulently designed double-pages oppose the dried plants to watercolours collected by Platter himself.

The abundant volume permits intense insights into this cultural treasure from the 16th century. It will delight persons interested in botanic, medicine and history as well.

The publication may be ordered directly by email from the editor Haupt or can be purchased in bookshops as of September 12.

The herbarium of Platter can be consulted online.