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BRUNFELS, OTTO. Kreuterbuch Contrafeyt, beide Theil volkommen, nach rechter, warer beschreibung der Alten Lerer unnd ärzt. (Frankfurt: Herman Gülfferich), 1546. Small folio, 271 x 181 mm., modern boards, without final blank, old marginal repairs and one small tear to title, first 2 quires partially unsewn, F2 torn at gutter margin, gutters of last 4 leaves strengthened, mostly marginal dampstaining, soiling. Collation: A-B6 C4; .A-L6 M8 N-S6 T6. 131 (of 132) leaves, lacking final blank. Title printed in red and black within border of small woodcuts of plants, fruits, a mandragore, and instruments, numerous small woodcuts of plants in the text, reduced copies of Weiditz's original cuts, large fraktur initials. Nissen BBI 261; not in BM/STC, NLM/Durling, or Hunt.

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BRUNFELS, OTTO. Kreuterbuch Contrafeyt, beide Theil volkommen, nach rechter, warer beschreibung der Alten Lerer unnd ärzt. (Frankfurt: Herman Gülfferich), 1546. Small folio, 271 x 181 mm., modern boards, without final blank, old marginal repairs and one small tear to title, first 2 quires partially unsewn, F2 torn at gutter margin, gutters of last 4 leaves strengthened, mostly marginal dampstaining, soiling. Collation: A-B6 C4; .A-L6 M8 N-S6 T6. 131 (of 132) leaves, lacking final blank. Title printed in red and black within border of small woodcuts of plants, fruits, a mandragore, and instruments, numerous small woodcuts of plants in the text, reduced copies of Weiditz's original cuts, large fraktur initials. Nissen BBI 261; not in BM/STC, NLM/Durling, or Hunt.

First folio edition of a compilation of herbals based principally on Brunfels. To the original German translation, first published by Johann Schott in 1532-37, Gülferrich added notes on the uses of each plant and recipes taken from Brunschwig for their distillation, with the aim of capitalizing on the continuing success of both books by targeting a wider north German market. It is unlikely that Gülfferich had Schott's assent in this, since he illustrated the edition with Egenolff's small pirated copies of the original Weiditz woodcuts (see lot -- [Roesslin 1533]), which the imperturtable Egenolff had cut afresh after the original copies were confiscated by Schott. Gülfferich presumably leased these copies of copies from his fellow Frankfurt printer. RARE.
Provenance: Early German marginal notes -- Kenneth K. Mackenzie; Horticultural Society of New York, bookplate.

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