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Rare Renaissance-era book on exhibit in Rio

A rare book published in 1565 that features 900 color illustrations of flora and fauna is now on display in the “Naturaleza Impresa en Libro” (Nature in Books) exhibition at the Museum of the Environment in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro. Image by Ramon Llorensi / CC BY 2.0

Created by physician and botanist Pietro Andrea Mattioli, the work is a Latin translation of a first-century Greek text. There are only a few copies of the book, the content of which is the source for the sciences that are modernly understood as medicine, pharmacology and botany. Read more: latino.foxnews.com