UMass Amherst
Christian Schkuhr

Botanisches Handbuch der mehresten Theils in Deutschland Wild wachsenden, Theils ausländischen in Deutschland unter freyem Himmel ausdauernden Gewächse .
Wittenberg, Auf Kosten des Verfassers, 1791-1803.
3 v. : front. (port.), CCCLVIII (i.e. 445) col. plates, 21 cm.

Call no.: QK314 .S3 1791

A gardener and later physical scientist at the University of Wittenberg, Christian Schkuhr (1741-1811) published his Botanisches Handbuch utilizing his own drawings and engravings, many made based on observations using his home made microscope. Schkuhr was an advocate of the Linnaean system, like many of his contemporaries in Germany, but was attentive to more than taxonomy, referring his readers to the economic and agricultural uses of the plants growing in the vicinity of Wittenberg. The genus Schkuhria is named in his honor.

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