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    Important Botanical Books

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 213

    WECKER, Johann Jacob (1528-1586). Antidotarium Generale. - Antidotrium Speciale. Basel: Eusebius Episcopius and the heirs of Nicolai Episcopius, 1576-1577.

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    WECKER, Johann Jacob (1528-1586). Antidotarium Generale. - Antidotrium Speciale. Basel: Eusebius Episcopius and the heirs of Nicolai Episcopius, 1576-1577.

    2 works in 3 parts in one volume, 4o (216 x 168 mm). Woodcut printer's devices on all three titles, and on last leaves of both works, first work with woodcut illustrations of distillation equipment in text. (Some light staining, heavier at end.) Contemporary black morocco, border of triple gilt fillets, large corner pieces composed of laurel branches, centrally placed large oval laurel wreath, spine in six compartments probably by a Parisian workshop, all edges gilt (some light rubbing to joints and corners). Provenance: Early ink notations on front free endpaper.

    FIRST EDITION of the first work and later edition of the second work. Wecker, the author of various medical and pharmaceutical works, was born in Basel in 1528 and began his academic courses there in 1544. In 1557, he became professor of logic and in 1560 a professor of Latin. Later, he studied medicine, graduated, and became a popular physician. In 1566, he went to Colmar as the town's physician and died there in 1586. His antidotes constitutes an enormous pharmaceutical work, that offers recipes for destilling, numerous remedies, cosmetics and perfumes. Alden and Landis remarks that the work includes "recipes for the treatment of syphilis." Antidotarium Generale: Durling 4702; Ferguson II p.533; Antidotrium Speciale: Adams W-31; Alden & Landis 1561/56 (first edition); Durling 4705.


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