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[H]ORTUS SANITATIS. De Herbis et Plantis, de Animalibus et Reptilibus, de Avibus et Volatilibus, de Piscibus et Natatilibus, de Lapidibus et in terre venis nascentibus, de Urinis et earum speciebus. [Strassburg: Reinhard Beck] 1517.
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[H]ORTUS SANITATIS. De Herbis et Plantis, de Animalibus et Reptilibus, de Avibus et Volatilibus, de Piscibus et Natatilibus, de Lapidibus et in terre venis nascentibus, de Urinis et earum speciebus. [Strassburg: Reinhard Beck] 1517.

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[H]ORTUS SANITATIS. De Herbis et Plantis, de Animalibus et Reptilibus, de Avibus et Volatilibus, de Piscibus et Natatilibus, de Lapidibus et in terre venis nascentibus, de Urinis et earum speciebus. [Strassburg: Reinhard Beck] 1517.

Median 2° (296 x 204 mm). Title within woodcut border printed in red and black, full-page woodcut of skeleton on k1v, 4 small woodcuts on K1r, small cut of woman with physician holding urine flask on GG1r, and 1066 woodcut illustrations in text (including repeats), six- and eight-line woodcut initials, three-line type or metalcut Lombard initials. (Leaves K1 and K8 misbound between I3 and I4, some light soiling, a few leaves with mostly marginal worming.) 19th-century half vellum (extremities lightly rubbed, split to backstrip but without loss). Provenance: late 16th-/early 17th-century inscription on title and marginalia in the De Urinis section -- additional marginal notes in an 18th-century hand to De Urinis section (marginalia slightly trimmed by the binder).

THE LARGEST HERBAL AND MEDICAL WOODCUT BOOK PUBLISHED UNTIL THAT TIME. The fourth Strassburg edition, a reprint using most of the blocks of the earlier Johann Prüss editions, first published in 1491. The human skeleton woodcut was the best representation of its type before Vesalius. The chapters on animals, stones and metals are here separated from plants for the first time. Adams H-1019; Fairfax Murray German 195; Kristeller 570; Nissen BBI 2366; Durling 2469; Choulant 65; Hunt I, 18.

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