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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.

8vo., (180) ff. Bound (somewhat tightly) in modern vellum, covers gilt-ruled, spine gilt with morocco title pieces. Some early, possibly contemporary marginalia shaved or cropped at time of re-binding. Minor tear in blank edge of title, just touching woodcut border; some minor soiling, but otherwise a fresh copy with dark strikes of the woodcuts.

$18,500

Rare, second Italian-language edition (first 1522) of the Herbarius latinus, important for the dissemination of botanical/medical knowledge in popular culture and particularly for the adoption of this originally German-printed Latin work for readers in the Veneto. The second section, with 96 chapters, includes information on laxatives, aromatics, fruits, seeds, gums and resins, salts, minerals goose-grease, cheese, honey, ivory, and much more. Anderson notes that this section probably contributed to the book’s success: “It was concerned with the materials of medicine that were commonly available in the shops of apothecaries and spice merchants. Through the use of the Herbarius the average man could easily find what drugs to use and purchase the plants in most towns.”

The last chapter (CLI), De Vino e Aceto, is illustrated with a woodcut showing wine barrels in a cellar and deals with wine and vinegar. Also of interest is the Chapter 89, which is devoted to honey.

According to Hunt, the woodcut on the title-page showing Saints Cosmos and Damian appears here for the first time.

Do their extensive use, these popular Italian herbals are often incomplete. In all editions. Not the case here.

* Hunt 34; Mortimer I.228 (1520 Latin).

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