Printing Plants: Illustrated Herbal Incunabula

Friday, October 6, 2023, 6 PM

Free with museum admission, advance registration is required.


John McQuillen
The first European printed herbals had bold graphics and clear layouts. The illustrations were copied repeatedly as printers issued competing editions trying to claim their share of this new commercial market. What can we learn about how early books were marketed just from their layout? Join John McQuillen, Associate Curator of Printed Books and Bindings, to examine the visual impact of printed herbals in the 15th century.

The exhibition Seeds of Knowledge: Early Modern Illustrated Herbals will be open at 5 PM for program attendees.

Coriander, from Herbarius latinus. Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, 1484. Peter Goop Collection.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.