CONRAD VON MEGENBERG. Buch der Natur. Augsburg: Johann Schönsperger 1499.
Chancery folio, 262 x 184 in. (10 15/16 x 7 1/4 in.), sixteenth-century blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, brass fore-edge clasp with cast lettering; a Nuremberg binding, Kyriss shop 121; endpapers from a sixteenth-century printed book, recased (a remboîtage?), slightly rubbed and stained, some worming to spine, tear to fol. n6 affecting six words, a few short marginal tears, minor marginal worming to title and last four leaves, faint dampstaining to lower margins of first few quires, occasional minor marginal soiling.
Collation: 2 a8 b-z A-E6. 171 leaves (of 172, lacking final blank leaf), with signatures. Types: 5:300 (first line of title); 4:150 (second line of title and headline on 2r); 6:105 (text). 39 lines. Large title woodcut and 13 full-page woodcuts, COLORED IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND, 20 woodcut Maiblumen capitals in square frame, 37 x 37mm. (BMC, 1c)the first two colored, numerous small black Lombards (BMC, 2).
The title-cut and the woodcut on a1r showing an apothecary's shop were previously used in Brunschwig's Buch der Chirurgia, printed by Schönsperger in 1497. The woodcuts are reversed copies of those of the first two editions, printed by Hans Bämler in 1475 and 1478 (the cut on a1v is an unreversed copy of the title-cut from these editions).
H 4046*; Proctor 1804; BMC II, 374; Klebs 300.6; Schreiber 3783; Ahumada 2; Goff C-846 (3 copies).
Provenance: Later ownership inscription on title: "David Engl. a Wagran"; J. Beristayn, loosely inserted typed letter from Sotheby's, dated May 24 1935, returning the present book which he had sent them for identification; Juan Carlos Ahumada, bookplate; the present owner.