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Tobacco is healthy: valuable herbal books from three Maastricht collections


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Explore the most beautiful historical herbals from Maastricht collections in three mini-exhibitions until 18 June. Allow us to give you an insight into a range of themes from the history of herbals, using the most beautiful and most representative examples. And visit ‘The Beauty of Botanical Drawing’ by botanical illustrator Esmée Winkel. 

 

Tobacco is healthy… it is good for your lungs, relieves headaches and cleanses the body 

Or, at least, that is the view of Rembert Dodoens, a sixteenth century botanist and doctor from the southern Netherlands. In his Cruydeboeck from 1554 Dodoens writes extensively on the benefits of tobacco, a product that had just been introduced in Europe. At the time, one sincerely believed in the healing properties of tobacco. Now we know better.

The book by Dodoens (1644 edition) is one of the gems of our special collections on display until 18 June at the University Library. In this mini-exhibition we take a closer look at the international exchange of knowledge of these herbal books. We welcome you to visit the exhibition.

  • Location: Inner City Library, Grote Looiersstraat 17 – ground floor

Other exhibitions

Visit the other exhibitions on herbal books as well. Centre Céramique informs you about the general development of herbals, but also covers the importance of herbals in early Maastricht medicine. The Maastricht Natural History Museum examines the medicinal effect of herbs. And in ‘The Beauty of Botanical Drawing’ botanical illustrator Esmée Winkel shows how scientific illustrations and botanical paintings still play an important role in the publications and theses of researchers. More information on the Maastricht University Arts and Heritage Commission (KEC) website.

  • Locations:
    • Centre Céramique, Avenue Céramique 50 (2nd floor)
    • Maastricht Natural History Museum, De Bosquetplein 7
    • Maastricht University,  Minderbroedersberg 4-6 (ground floor) 

Activities

The exhibitions are inspired by the internship assignment of Maastricht University students who are currently doing research on the historical herbal books in the Maastricht collections. Under the theme Realm of herbs the University Library, the Centre Céramique and the Regional Historic Centre Limburg organise several activities the upcoming months, such as ‘herb walks’ on the Maastricht Hoge Fronten and in the gardens of the former Ursuline convent in Eijsden. Stay up-to-date and check our websites.

 

 

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