MONARDES, Nicolás (1493-1588). Dos libros, el uno que trata de todas las cosas que se traen de nuestras Indias Occidentales, que sirven al uso de la medicina, y el otro que trata de la piedra bezaar.... Seville: Hernando Diaz, 1569.
8o (165 x 108 mm). Portrait of Monardes on title-page, woodcut printer's device on verso of last leaf, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials. (Title-page repaired with some loss, "Tassa" leaf inserted between A1 and A2 repaired, L2 with repair at lower corner with some loss, a few leaves with minor repaired tears.) Contemporary limp vellum, ink-lettered on spine (some minor soiling, a few small chips and holes, spine reinforced).
Second edition of Monardes' early work on the medicinal plants of the New World, first published in 1565. Monardes, a Spanish physician from Seville, never traveled to America. He was able, however, to study exotic plant specimens in his native city because of Seville's control over the navigation and commerce operating between Spain and the New World. Monardes maintained a botanical garden filled with native and exotic plants and made scientific studies of those plants imported from the Americas including coca, mechoacan, tobacco, sunflower, sarsaparilla, and sassafras detailing their curative virtues. Hunt 106 ("A reissue of the first edition of 1565. Both editions are rare."); Sabin 49936; Wellcome I,4391.