24 June 2009
LONITZER, Adam. (1528-1586). Kreuterbuch.... Frankfurt: Heirs of Christian Egenolph, 1557.
2o (321 x 209 mm). Collation: aa6 bb8 A-Z6 a-z6 Aa-Ll6. Woodcut vignette on title and woodcut illustrations throughout. (Lower right corner of title repaired). Contemporary blindstamped pigskin, brass clasps.
FIRST EDITION IN GERMAN, following the Latin edition of 1551. Adam Lonitzer (or Lonicerus) was a German physician who practised botany at Frankfurt and Marburg. His Kreuterbuch was largely derived from works by Rösslin, Brunschwig and Dorsten. An extraordinary amalgam of scientific fact, anecdotal knowledge, tall stories, and medieval herbal tradition, Lonitzer's Kräuterbuch was immensely popular from its inception right through to the ninteenth century. Nissen BBI 1227.
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