Floridus Macer, attributed to (ODO de Meung?, fl. 11th century).
[De virtutibus herbarum:] Herbarum varias qui vis cognoscere vires: Huc macer adest. Edited by Guillaume Guéroult (fl. end of 15th century). [Paris:] Pierre Baquelier, . 8° (139 x 91mm). Gothic type. Full-page title woodcut of St. Jerome and 65 botanical woodcuts (including repeats), woodcut criblé and lombard initials, some initial spaces with guide-letter. (Without final blank leaf, some light browning and occasional light soiling, small dampstain intruding into one woodcut, slight abrasion on final leaf.) 16th-century calf over thin pasteboard, triple blind fillet around sides with gilt wreath at centre (somewhat restored). Provenance: Toussainct Blondel (lettered on fore-edges); Ludovicus Brasse(?), medical doctor of ?Dreux (17th-century title inscription).
An uncommon edition of the 'first printed herbal to relate solely to the medicinal properties of plants' (Stillwell Awakening 442, on 1477 ed.). This popular medieval didactic poem treats the properties of more than 87 plants and is accompanied by the commentary of Guillaume Guéroult, a professor of medicine at Caen. The woodcuts here are close copies of the Gart der Gesundheit (and therefore of the Arbolayre/Grant herbier) series. The authorship is attributed to an unknown Macer identified as Odo de Meung, a medieval French physician. This edition is a corrected issue of Baquelier's 1522 edition, with the last quire partly reset in order to reinstate two lines in the final paragraph of commentary. Adams O-60; Choulant, pp.240-241; Durling NLM 2890.