ALBERTUS MAGNUS (?1193-1280). Naturalia ... darinn durch sechtz kürtze Büchlin viel Haimligkaiten der Natur beschreiben. Edited by Walther Hermann Ryff. Strassburg: Jacob Cammerlander, 1548.
4° (192 x 145mm). Gothic type. Woodcut title vignette of Albertus Magnus at his desk, 102 woodcut illustrations, some with woodcut borders on one side, others rotated through 90°, 4 full-page, woodcut printer's device on R4v, woodcut tailpieces and initials. (Variable light browning, some minor light staining.) Contemporary pigskin-backed, bevelled wooden boards, the upper board retaining part of one clasp-fitting and scored in an irregular diaper pattern, the pigskin back decorated on the sides with blind roll-tools depicting religious figures (lightly rubbed and scuffed, small sections chipped from pigskin, lacking clasps and one clasp-fitting, upper hinge partially split and with neat repair, lower board replaced), modern morocco-backed box. Provenance: early inscription at foot of title giving imprint details and referring to colophon -- 19th-century inkstamp on margin of \Kp\k2r -- Kenneth K. Mackenzie (bookplate on upper pastedown recording gift in October 1934 to:) -- The Horticultural Society of New York -- pencilled underlinings on title -- Robert de Belder (part of en bloc purchase from The Horticultural Society of New York in 1981) -- An Important Botanical Library, Christie's NY and East, 4-5 June 1997, lot 166 -- Joseph A. Freilich (booklabel; his sale, Sotheby's NY, 10-11 January 2001, lot 20).
THE RARE SECOND EDITION OF THIS VERY POPULAR VERNACULAR COMPILATION FROM THE WORKS OF ALBERTUS MAGNUS, edited by Walther Hermann Ryff and first published in 1545. Naturalia contains sections on obstetrics, botany, mineralogy and zoology, translated from De secretis mulierum and Liber aggregationis, with the addition of two anonymous treatises, on medicinal waters and diet in times of plague. The woodcuts are derived from various sources: some of the larger cuts come from earlier Strassburg editions of Brunschwig's Chirurgia and Destillierbuch, the obstetrical cuts derive from Rösslin's Der schwangeren Frawen und Hebammen Rosegarten, and the botanical woodcuts appear to be copied from Egenolff's reduced versions of Hans Weiditz's cuts for Brunfels. The book was very widely read: Benzing lists 33 editions published between 1545 and 1734, all now rare. This edition is not listed by Adams, the British Library, NLM/Durling, Waller or Wellcome, and the present copy is the only one to be recorded at auction since 1975. Benzing Ryff 31; Chrisman Strasbourg Imprints S1.7.23; Nissen BBI 12a.