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Lot nr:715
Book nr:31490
Author:MATTIOLI, Pierandrea
Title:Commentarii secundo aucti in libros sex Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbei de medica materia. Adjectis quam plurimis plantarum, & animalium imaginibus quae in priore editione non habentur eodem auctore
Town:Venetiis
Publisher:in off. Valgrisiana
Year:1560
Description:In-folio (32,5 x 21,5 cm). [50] ff, 776 + 46-[2] pp. Woodcut printer's device on each title page and on last page. Illustrated with more than 500 woodcuts in the text, figurating plants and animals. Cut without loss of text on the upper margin of the title, rare stains, some foxing. As usual, this edition is bound with Mattioli's Apologia adversus Amathum Lusitanum, published by Valgrisi in 1559. Contemporary German binding: blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards with beveled edges, boards entirely decorated with fillets, rolls, little tools and plates representing scenes from the Old and New Testament, central plate representing the Annunciation with a gilt inscription "G.R.R." above and the date 1562 underneath, on the superior board, the baptism of Christ on the inferior board, two metal clasps (one strap lacking), ribbed spine ornated with fillets, manuscript title on spine, one corner repaired
Note:Ref. Nissen BBI 1305; Adams D-669; Wellcome I, 4141; not in Hunt; Plesh, pp. 329-330: ed. 1559. Provenance: two manuscript ex libris on the title-page: Wolfg(ang) Wilh(elm) Schnabel (1639) and Andreas Heyl (1646); typographied ex libris: Joann. Sigismundus Freytag, "Phil. & Medicinae Doctor.
Edition more complete than the previous ones, with many new figures. This renowned botanical treatise composted by Pierandrea Mattioli appeared for the first time in 1544, in Venice, in the form of an Italian translation of De materia medica of DIOSCORIDES, annotated by the author, without illustrations. It was reprinted several times until 1552. The second part, Apologia adversus Amathum Lusitanum, appeared for the first time in the 1558 edition. The first illustrated edition, in Latin, was published only in 1554, in Venice, followed a year later by an Italian edition. The quality of the illustrations to the book won a huge success and many editions in Latin, Italian, German and Czech until the seventeenth century, to the point of appearing almost like a general flora (Mortan, History of botanical science, p. 154)
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