The georgicks of Virgil, with an English translation and notes
John Martyn's books, among them the Historia plantarum, also contain many of the earliest examples of color printing in botanical illustration. This image is a print, with added hand-coloring, showing the world as it was known at the time of publication (1741), while also illustrating the five zones of the world as described in Virgil’s Georgics.
Why was a botanist interested in this classical text? The Georgics is a work on agriculture, although it is much more than that: it contains some of Virgil's most beautiful poetry and considerations of the Roman Empire.
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