24 June 2009
SILVATICUS, Matthaeus. Liber pandectarum medicinae. With letter by Matthaeus Moretus to Cardinal Francesco Gonzaga. [Strassburg: The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), ca 1480].
2o (334 x 233 mm). Collation: [16 28 3-710 88 9-1010 11-128 1310 14-168 176; 1810 19-228 236 24-288 29-3010 31-328 3310 34-368] 307 leaves (of 308, lacks blank 1/1, 1/6 blank margins cut away, preserving the two printed paragraphs). 2 columns, 55 lines. Type: 2:100G. 3- to 8-line initials, paragraph marks and capital strokes in red (worming at beginning affecting text.) Early 16th-century pigskin over pasteboards (spine repaired, worming, endpapers renewed).
Early edition, edited by Matthaeus Moretus, of one of the most important medical works of the 14th century. It is a compendium to Greek and Arab medical texts. The list of drugs, mostly herbals, is in alphabetical order, and explains the medicinal use of the various plants. Many mayor text of the time were consulted including Dioscorides, Galen, Rhazes, Pliny, Hippocrates and others. BMC I:64; BSB-Ink S-392; Goff S-514; HC 15192; Pr 251.
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