24 June 2009
DIOSCORIDES, Pedanius. Simplicium Medicamentorum, reiquae libri VI. [Colophon]: Basel, Andreas Cratander and Joannes Bebel, 1532.
8o (162 x 100 mm). Woodcut initials and printer's devices. (Lower corner of a4 torn away affecting the text, some minor marginal worming towards the end.) Near contemporary English blind paneled binding each cover decorated with broad borders of triple blind fillets surrounding a blind-stamped panel of full and half heads in medallions (similar to Oldham HM. 26), remains of two pairs of leather ties, 13th-century vellum manuscript free endpapers taken from a book of sermons (rebacked preserving the original spine, extremities a bit scuffed). Provenance: contemporary Latin annotations throughout dated with the inscription: "Sic transit vita hominis in magna tribulatione 1533" on the verso of the front free endpaper; slightly later inscription on recto of the first blank recording purchase in Louvain ("Emptus Lovaini 20 Augusti"); Halewin (16th century inscription on the recto of the first blank "de peu assez Halewin"); Voxvrie (early signature on title-page); Auguste Preux de Doue (bookplate).
An early Latin translation, in a FINE EARLY ENGLISH BINDING decorated with panels similar to Oldham's HM26 but with lion heads and foliate scrolls rather than winged creatures at the top and bottom edges. Foot The Henry Davis Gift II 25; Oldham Blind Panels of English Binders 1989; Wellcome I 1795.
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