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( , , , ) was the Latin title of a
prayer book also available in German. It was very popular in
the early sixteenth century, printed in many versions, also abroad
in Lyons and Kraków.
well-known work of devotion and of moral instruction, richly
illustrated with stories, was "Der Selen Würtzgart", first
printed at Ulm in 1483.
The title, "Herb garden of the
Soul", is similar to later titles.
known edition of Hortulus Animae, dated 13 March 1498, was
printed at Strassburg by Wilhelm
Schaffener of Rappoltsweiler, with German versions appearing in 1501.
editions contained woodcuts by the well-known engravers Hans Springinklee and Erhard Schön, with beautiful miniatures in
some existing manuscript examples, like the one at Vienna (Cod.
Bibl. Pal. Vindobonensis. 2706, 1907), which has been reproduced as
facsimile by Friedrich
Hortulus Animae polonice, a Polish
version written by Biernat of
Lublin, printed and published in 1513 by Florian Ungler in Kraków, is believed
to be the first book printed in the Polish language.
The last known copy
was lost during World War II
The work is mentioned briefly at the end of Edgar Allan Poe
's short story "The Man of the Crowd