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Anonymous. Herbolario Volgare, nel qual e le virtu de le herbe, & molti altri simplici sec dechiarano, con alcune belle aggionte novamente de latino in volgare tradutto. Venice, Giovanni Andrea Vavassore, 1534.

Rare, second Italian-language edition (first 1522) of the Herbarius latinus, an important document for the dissemination of botanical/medical knowledge in popular culture, particularly for the adoption of this originally German-printed Latin work for readers in the Veneto. With 150 nearly full-page woodcut illustrations of plants.
$18,500


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THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOTANICAL TEXT
OF THE 16th CENTURY
“OF OUTSTANDING HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE” (DSB)
THE ANNOTATED COPY
OF JOACHIM CAMERARIUS THE YOUNGER


CESALPINO, Andrea. De Plantis ... . Florence, Giorgio Marescotti, 1583.

First edition of the foundational text of scientific botany and the first articulation of the modern concept of species. Cesalpino integrates plants previously known to Europe primarily as exotic luxuries (balsam, cumin, aloe, etc.) into his new system. E. L. Greene sees Cesalpino’s De Plantis as part of a wider reappraisal of flora happening in the 1580s among scientific communities of both East and West: He notes the quick popularity of Cesalpino’s new system and observes that “only three years later, in 1586, the Arabic physician Qāsim ibn-Muhammad al-Wazīr al Ghassānī wrote his Ḥadīquat al-azhār fī, sarḥ māhīyat al-‘ushb wa al-‘aq qār [Garden of flowers, or explanation of the characters of herbs and drugs], which contained the first Arabic classification of plants” (808; PMM 97).
$115,000


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COMMENTARY
ON THE MEDICAL VOCABULARY OF HIPPOCRATES
BY “PERHAPS THE GREATEST ANATOMIST OF HIS TIME”


EUSTACHI, Bartolomeo / EROTIANUS / HIPPOCRATES. Erotiani Graeci scriptoris vetustissimi vocum, apud Hippocratem sunt, collectio. Venice, apud Lucam Antonium Juntam, 1566.

First edition of the renowned physician Bartolomeo Eustachi’s (c. 1500-1574) commentary on the Vocum of Erotianus (active c. 50-70 A.D.) an ancient collection of words found in the corpus of Hippocrates (c. 460-370 B.C.). A contemporary of Andreas Vesalius (1514-64), with whom he shares the distinction of having created the science of human anatomy, Eustachi was “perhaps the greatest anatomist of his time, and probably no other anatomist, ancient or modern, has made so many discoveries” (Thomas, p. 877).
$2,850


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GARCIA CAVALLERO, Joseph. Theorica y practica de la arte de Ensayar. Oro, Plata y Vellon rico. Danse Reglas para Ligar, Triligar, Alear. y Reducir Qualesquiera Cantidades de Oro, y Plata a la Ley del Reyno. Madrid, Agustin Fernandez, 1713.

Very rare first and sole edition of this professional guide to assaying gold, silver and assorted precious metals by a practicing Madrid assayer, of interest for the international as well as mercantile history of Spain in the last years of her imperial period.
$4,500


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With A Portrait Of The Author Signed Brustolon


TANARON, Pietro Paolo. L'ostetrica; ovvero, L'arte di raccogliere i parti e di soccorre le donne nelle malatt che accompagnano la loro gravidanza, ed in quelle che soppravvengono loro dopo il parto; e di sollevare i bambini nelle loro malttdopo la nascita. Venice, G. Zerletti, 1769.

Rare, second edition and a mint copy of this popular Italian illustrated obstetrics guide.
$1,100


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