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    Sale 2170

    Important Botanical Books

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 90

    Gart der Gesundheit. [Strassburg]: Reinhard Beck 1521.

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    Gart der Gesundheit. [Strassburg]: Reinhard Beck 1521.

    Chancery 2o (280 x 198 mm). Collation: a-z6 A-D6 E-F8 G6. 184 leaves, with foliation and signatures (conjugate leaf G3.4 bound in reverse order). Type: 96G. Double column. 46 lines. Title with first line printed in elaborately flourished woodcut capitals and two woodcuts of plants. Approximately 400 woodcut illustrations of plants, animals and genre scenes including two full-page woodcuts of a pharmacist holding a jar with an attendant heating a liquid at an open fire, one of a man in bed attended by three physicians (F1v), two smaller woodcuts, of the Annunciation (E6v) and of woman with doctor holding urine flask (E7r), five-line metalcut criblé initials. (Fraying to edges of first and last few leaves, repaired tear to title touching woodcut border, a6 with repaired tear affecting a few letters, supplied in careful ink facsimile, a few stains and short marginal tears, some dampstaining and browning.) Contemporary half blind roll-tooled pigskin over reverse-bevelled beech boards, "Herbari[us] Teusch" stamped above panel of decorative roll-tools on upper cover, spine in five blind-tooled compartments, the uppermost with a later ms. lettering-piece, another with remains of a nineteenth-century shelf label, two brass clasps and catches (lower compartment of spine splitting, old parchment reinforcing band around lower cover). Provenance: A few contemporary marginalia in Latin and German, a recipe written in a contemporary German hand on lower flyleaf; Ulrich Kayser, physician, cancelled ownership inscription (before 1725); unsigned statement of purchase of the book on July 26 1725, both on front pastedown; with E. P. Goldschmidt, 1937 catalogue description loosely inserted, sold to?: Juan Carlos Ahumada, bookplate and ink stamps; anonymous owner (sale Christie's New York, 29 October 1992 lot 34).

    Second edition printed by Beck, illustrated with the same small woodcuts as his 1515 edition. Most of the cuts are copies of the woodcuts originally used by Johann Grüninger in his edition of the Gart and later used by Beck's predecessor Johann Prüss for his edition of the Hortus Sanitatis. The woodcuts of the skeleton and of the sick man and physicians were first used in Hieronymus Brunschwig's Chirurgia (Strassburg: Grninger, 1497). THE ONLY COMPLETE COPY KNOWN, according to the Hunt catalogue; used to supply photostat facsimiles of the seven leaves lacking in the Hunt copy. Ahumada 14; Hunt I, 21; Nissen BBI 2285.

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