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    Exceptional Botanical Copper Engraved Prints of the Infamous Mandrake Plant, Circa 1725. 10 inches x 15.5 inches. "De Mandragora Met Zyn Bloemen En Vruchten" and "Mandragoras Door Konst Opgemaakt; zo in Het Naakte, als Gekleed." Very good condition.

    More Information: Exceptional Botanical Copper Engraved Prints of the Infamous Mandrake Plant, Circa 1725. 10 inches x 15.5 inches. "De Mandragora Met Zyn Bloemen En Vruchten" and "Mandragoras Door Konst Opgemaakt; zo in Het Naakte, als Gekleed."  A pair of grotesque depictions of the Mandrake, a plant with a long and infamous reputation. The root resembles the human form and is attributed to have several powers - some good, some bad. Superstition holds that the scream of an uprooted mandrake was said to be fatal when pulled from the ground so dogs were used to uproot them. These engravings are likely from Augustin Calmet's writings on the Bible. This multi-volume work was known in English as Calmet's Dictionary of the Bible, and was translated into several languages including Dutch, the edition from which these illustrations were extracted. The margins are moderately toned but the illustrations remain unaffected and in very good condition.

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