Library hidden in a cave
Behold a unique repository of ancient manuscripts known as The Library Cave. It’s a hidden cache of 50,000 books and rolls that were deemed heretical. They date from c. 500 to the year 1002 and were hidden in the cave in the early eleventh century. The texts in the hidden cache have a strong Buddhist focus and are written on silk, paper and hemp. The books and rolls were placed in a walled-off area of a cave complex and they did not see the light of day for 900 years, until the entrance was discovered in 1900. How exciting it must have been to discover this treasure!
Camerarius Florilegium- ca 1589 on Flickr.
The University Library of Erlangen-Nuremberg boasts a wealth of plants and books would have Camerarius Florilegium-like acquired. It failed, however, because it turned out to be stolen. However, the owner was willing to put the work of the University Library kindly long-term permanent loan.
The artist, time and place of birth and also the previous owner of the herbal are in the dark. The allocation to the Nuremberg physician and scholar Joachim Camerarius II (1553-1598) is not secured. Camerarius itself is hardly considered as a painter, since, as is clear from his correspondence employed for the illustration of his works plant draftsman.