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MACER FLORIDUS (or AEMILIUS), [pseud., ODO OF MEUNG?]. Aemelius Macer de Herbarum virtutibus iam primum emaculatior, tersiorque in lucem editas. Praeterea. Strabi... Hortulus vernantissimus. [Edited by Joannes Atrocianus]. Basel: (Joannes Faber Emmeus, 1527). 8vo, 149 x 106 mm., modern half vellum, staining to title and corner of last leaf. Italic type, space for opening initial with guide letter, with G10 blank. Adams O-61; NLM/Durling 2891.
First edition with the commentary by Joannes Atrocianus, professor of mathematics at Basel. The Hortulus of Walahfrid Strabo, later Abbot of Reichenau in Baden, written c. 842 and first published in Vienna in 1510, commemorates the garden at Reichenau in Baden, and is considered to be the first known medieval gardening book. "It has been held in affection and esteem by garden-lovers ever since [its first publication], and gives us a clear picture of the herbs grown in monastery gardens in that period" (Hunt, 11).
Provenance: Kenneth K. Mackenzie; Horticultural Society of New York, bookplate.
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