24 June 2009
L'OBEL, Matthias de, Pierre PENA, and Guillaume RONDELET. Botanographi, sive Plantarum historiae physicae, tam indigenarum & Britanniae inquilinarum, quam exoticarum scriptoris, in G. Rondelletti... methodicam Pharmaceuticam Officinam Animadversiones. - Dilucidae simplicium medicamenorum explicationes. London: Thomas Purfoot, 1605.
2 parts in one, 2o (280 x 185 mm). Woodcut arms of James I on first part title-page and repeated on verso of second part title-page, 315 text woodcuts in part 2 (5 on inserted slips), and woodcut initials in text. Modern pigskin.
FIRST EDITION OF PART ONE, consisting of L'Obel's previously unpublished notes on the pharmaceutical works of his mentor Rondelet. Part 2 is a reissue of the sheets from Thomas Purfoot's 1570-71 edition of the Stirpium adversaria nova, with additions and republished, first as Nova stirpium adversaria in 1576, and then as here with the cancel title-page. Henrey 232; Hunt 183; Nissen BBI 1502; Wellcome 3831.
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