Gart der Gesundheit. [Basel: Michael Furter, c. 1486].
Chancery folio, 256 x 188mm. (10 1/16 x 7 3/8 in.), contemporary or sixteenth-century binding, parchment from an antiphonal over paper boards, worn, soiled and wormed, joints splitting exposing leather cords, lacking 12 leaves, fol. t1 defective, seven leaves with tears or repairs affecting text or woodcuts, worming to first 50 leaves, some marginal repairs, headlines of 12 leaves cropped, early marginalia cropped, dampstaining, browning and soiling throughout.
Collation: a-z8 A-C8 1-2 8. 212 leaves (of 224, lacking a1-8, q6, 1/1, 2/2, and 2/8, 2/1 misbound before 1/2), with signatures. Types: 3:180 (headings, numeration in a roman type of the same height); 5:93 (text). Double column (indices in 3 columns). 43 lines and headlines. 374 (of 384) woodcuts: cut of physician with woman (at left) on C6r, 372 (of 382) woodcuts principally of plants, some with chapter numbers cut on the block, THE WOODCUTS COLORED IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND, numerous woodcut white-on-black capitals in square frame, approx. 31 x 31mm. (BMC I), colored in brown; spaces for initials, supplied in red.
Fifth edition. The only Furter edition, closely reprinted from Grüninger's 1485/86 edition (Goff G-99), and containing the same woodcuts. RARE.
H 8947*; Klebs 507.4; Klebs Gart 10; Early Herbals 28; Schreiber 4341; Schramm XXII, p. 45; Nissen BBI 2281; Ahumada 12; Goff G-101 (two copies).
Provenance: Copious contemporary and later marginalia; a ms. leaf bound in in place of fol. q6, in two different Gothic and cursive hands, consisting of a list of remedies for lung ailments, fever, etc. (unrelated to the text of the missing leaf, which contains the chapters relating to the female and male mandragores), similar notes in the same hands on final blank leaf; the year 1621 written in large gothic script, and ownership inscription on front pastedown: [ ]; "Sum ex libris Jos. Jacob Krebsii, Typograph, die Octobrisr 1686"; with Joseph Baer & Co., Frankfurt, bookseller's catalogue description pasted down inside front cover, sold to?: Juan Carlos Ahumada, bookplate; the present owner.