24 June 2009
The greate Herball, which geveth parfyte knowledge & understandinge of al maner of herbes, theyr gracious vertues, whiche God hath ordeyned for our prosperous welfare and health, for they heale and cure all maner of disases and sekenesses, that fall or myssfortune to all maner of creatures of God created, practysed by many experte and wyse maysters, as Avicenna, Pandecta, and more other, &c. Newlye corrected and diligently oversene, in the year of our Lord God M.CCCCC.LXI. London: John Kynge, 1561.
Small 2o (288 x 194 mm). Woodcut illustration (130 x 130 mm) on title. (Leaf N1 in duplicate, lacking N2, some pale marginal staining at end, marginal repair on h3, last eight leaves with small repaired marginal holes.) Modern brown half morocco. Provenance: Charles Berolzheimer (his sale William Doyle Galleries, 3 November 1999, lot 190).
The Greate Heball translates the French Grant Herbier or Abrolaye (themselves versions of Circa instans) and first was published in English in the exceedingly scarce 1526 edition (see previous lot). All sixteenth-century editions have become quite scarce on the market, with none of this 1561 edition appearing since this copy was last sold in 1999, according to American Book Prices Current. This is a wide-margined copy preserving some deckle edges. STC 13179.
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