2013 Planner

The year 2013 marked the 450th anniversary of the first edition of the book Colóquios dos simples, e drogas e coisas medicinais da Índia written by Garcia de Orta. The Portuguese National Press Mint celebrated the anniversary by publishing a thematic appointment book, designed by FBA.

Garcia da Orta’s book, published in Goa during 1563, contained the first accurate description, made by a European, of the origin, the botanical characteristics and therapeutic properties of various plants that until then were unknown or wrongly described by science at the time.


Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda



Design and illustrations

Ana Boavida

Photographs by
Daniel Santos