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Lot nr:915
Book nr:37663
Author:GRÉVIN, Jacques
Title:De venenis libri duo
Town:Antverpiae
Publisher:Ex officina Christophori Plantini
Year:1571
Description:4to, [20] + 332 + [10] pp. Woodcut printer's device on title; fine floriated and animated woodcut initials, and 53 fine woodcuts in text of serpents, insects, animals and plants, by Jean de Gourmont after Geoffroy Ballain. Three library stamps on title-page, slightly browned. Contemporary limp vellum, flat spine with title-label, traces of ties. Binding slightly rubbed, edges and joints slightly damaged, little marginal tear in lower board. Solander box
In-4°, [20] + 332 + [10] pp. Drukkersmerk op titelblad, mooie initialen, 53 houtgravures i.t. van slangen, insecten, fauna en flora enz. door Jean de Gourmont naar Geoffroy Ballain. Drie bibliotheekstempels op titelblad, lichtjes gebruind. Vol perkamenten band uit de tijd, gladde rug met rugschild, sporen van sluitingen. Band lichtjes gewreven, boorden en scharnieren met gebruikssporen, kleine scheur in onderste plat. Moderne beschermdoos
Note:First Latin edition of Jacques Grévin's important work on toxicology: "Deux livres de venins", first published in French, by Plantin in 1568, here in the translation of the Augsburg physician Hieremias Martius. Although Grévin followed to a large extent the works of Nicander, which he had also translated into French, he proves himself to be a modern scientist by his critical attitude, as well as by his added treatise, in which he discusses the curative possibilities of antimony. To the present edition Martius added the Latin translation of two poems by Nicander on the subject: "Theriaca", and "Alexipharmaca".
Ref. Voet, Plantin Press, 1267 ; Adams G-1244 ; Bibl. Med. Neerl. I, p. 384 ; Manchester Univ. Library 1068 ; Durling 2174 ; Thorndike V, pp. 477-478 ; Bibl. Walleriana 3740 (French ed. of 1568). Wellcome Library 2934 (French ed. 1568). Not in STCV
Price:€1900 - €2200
Sellingprice:€1800
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