(image provided by the Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren. See http://www.dbnl.org)
The species was a stinkhorn common in the sand dunes of the coast of The Netherlands. It later was given a name honoring Hadrianus, Phallus hadriani Vent.:Pers.
(image Copyright Michael Wood. Used with permission. See http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Phallus_hadriani.html)
Hadrianus' original Latin is florid and quite demanding, befitting the writing style of his time. It was my good fortune to learn from Christian Volbracht of the existence of a Dutch translation published in 1906. It was kindly translated into English by Pam and Tom Kayser. Finally, a modern English translation is provided which has been lightly edited to be more readable and which the includes a number of interesting comments that somehow got `lost' in the Dutch translation.
Comments regarding this project are appreciated.
Original Text and Translations
English Translation of the Dutch
Modern English Translation
Introduction of Hadrianus translated from Dutch
Comments and Perspectives