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This rare 18th century book on botany is on display at the Herbarium library of London's Royal Botanic Gardens.    Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

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Rare century book on botany. On display at the Herbarium library of London's Royal Botanical Gardens.

The oldest surviving copy of Pedanius Dioscorides's treatise on medical botany and pharmacology is an illuminated Byzantine manuscript produced about 512 CE. Dioscorides, a Greek military physician who served in the Roman army of the emperor Nero, wrote De materia medica in the first century CE.

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Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium, digital facsimile. By permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University;

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18 Rare And First Edition Books That Are Worth Literally A Fortune - BuzzFeed Mobile

18 Rare And First Edition Books That Are Worth Literally A Fortune

18 Rare And First Edition Books That Are Worth Literally A Fortune - BuzzFeed Mobile

189265 Berberis aquifolium Pursh [as Mahonia aquifolium (Pursh) Nutt.]  / Magazine of botany and register of flowering plants [J. Paxton], vol. 9: p. 5 (1839) [S. Holden]

189265 Berberis aquifolium Pursh [as Mahonia aquifolium (Pursh) Nutt.] / Magazine of botany and register of flowering plants [J. Paxton], vol.

Though only a few of Dickinson's poems were printed during her lifetime, many people remembered receiving one of them, often tucked into an exquisite bouquet that she had grown and arranged herself. These interests can be traced in her literary work as well. Indeed, more than two-thirds of Dickinson's lyrical letters to family and chosen friends and one-third of her brilliantly idiosyncratic poems have wildflowers or other flowers as their subject.

When Dickinson was 14 years old, she created a herbarium, pressing flowers and plants onto many pages of a book. A digital facsimile of the herbarium is on view at Emily Dickinson's Garden: The Poetry of Flowers.

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