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    Important Botanical Books

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 56

    DIOSCORIDES, Pedanius. De Medicinali materia, libri sex, Ioanne Ruellio Suessionensi interprete. Lyon, Balthazar Arnoullet, 1550.

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    DIOSCORIDES, Pedanius. De Medicinali materia, libri sex, Ioanne Ruellio Suessionensi interprete. Lyon, Balthazar Arnoullet, 1550.

    8o ( 170 x 108 mm). Woodcut illustrations throughout. Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over beveled wooden boards, covers decorated with roll-tooled paneled borders of Jesuitical iconography, convulvus leaves and flowers, and the date "1550" blind-stamped near the top edge, spine decorated in four panels with three raised bands, remains of two pairs of brass clasps and leather catches (rear endpapers renewed, gently rubbed). Provenance: Early ink library stamp on verso of the title-page covered by later bookplate; Kenneth K. Mackenzie (gifted to); The Horticultural Society of New York (bookplate recording the bequest and discreet blind-stamp on p.71; Robert De Belder (1921- 1995) horticulturist and proprietor of the Arboretum Kalmthout and Domain; An Important Botanical Library (Christie's New York June 5 1997, part lot 395).

    FIRST ARNOULLET EDITION, AND THE FIRST EDITION TO BE ILLUSTRATED WITH WOODCUTS BY CLEMENT BOUSSY. These images were previously used for Arnoullet's editions of Fuchs, with an additional 12 zoological cuts (in book two) taken from Geroult's Decades de la description... des animaux (1549-50). Jean Ruel first translated Dioscorides' Medicinali material into Latin for the Paris edition of 1516 after the Aldine Greek edition of 1499. Altogether over thirty editions of his translation were published, the last in 1554. Baudrier X p. 127; Nissen BBI 499; NLM/Durling 1153; Osler 340; Wellcome I 1788.


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