Nieremberg was a Spanish Jesuit who lived from 1595 to 1658 and taught humanities, natural history, and scripture at the Colegio Imperial in Madrid. The Historia Naturae, Maxime Peregrinae, written in
Latin and published in 1635 by Balthasaris Moreti, was one of the first attempts to systematically categorise the flora and fauna of the New World. The six volumes contain more than three thousand plants, animals, and minerals.
This project to record the woodblocks was started by José Ramón Marcaida (Institute of History, CSIC), whose work on Jegher and Nieremberg aims to incorporate digital technologies into the study and reconstruction of historical objects. The first scanning session took place in November 2023, with a selection of 15 woodblocks documented using the Selene Photometric Stereo System in combination with close-range photogrammetry. The project will contribute to the understanding of these unique woodblocks, while envisioning new ways in which digital data may provide alternative modes of access and engagement for scholars, curators, and the general public.
The woodblock collection © Jorge Cano | Factum Foundation
Recording with the Selene (left) and Pedro Miró recording with photogrammetry (right) © Jorge Cano | Factum Foundation
Factum Foundation wishes to thank Joost Depuydt, Curator of the Typographic Collections at the Museum Plantin-Moretus, and José Ramón Marcaida for this collaboration.