fennel ‘Botanica Pharmaceutica: exhibens plantas officinales quarum nomina in dispensatoriis recensentur; cum iconibus ab auctore aere incisis, et vivo colore expressis …’ – Berolini, 1788.

This work focuses on plants with medicinal properties.

The artist, engraver and possibly colourer of this print is Andreas Friedrich Happe (1733 – 1802), who was an apothecary, artist and engraver from Berlin, Germany. Happe worked for the Berlin Academy of Sciences and published several botanical and entomological works (a.o. Botanica pharmaceutica, Berlin 1785; Flora depicta, Berlin 1791). He also illustrated the first volumes of Martini’s ‘Conchylien-Cabinet‘. Much of his work remained unpublished including the 6-volume: ‘Naturgeschichte der Insekten’ and watercolours that are currently in the British Museum and the large collection ‘Flora Happiana’.


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  1. Amazing illustrations you show here. When I began my botanical blog, I also started adding old botanical drawings.

  2. Not only beautiful but delicious when braised and served with pork. The remaining liquid also satisfies the urge for soup.

    • As you know–I’m against cooking a pig—but of course there are all kinds of lovely things you can do with fragrant fennel.
      In fact—this specimen is called ‘Hog Fennel’
      —–Only I could never dig mine up because it was like a magnificent green feather tree.

  3. Reblogged this on witchesapothecary.

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