MANLIIS, Johannes Jacobus de (fl. 15th century). Luminare maius. - [QUIRICO DE AUGUSTIS (fl. 1486-1497)]. Lumen apothecariorum. - SUARDI, Paolo (fl. 15th century). Thesaurus aromatariorum. Lyon: Antoine Blanchard for Louis Martin, 15 January 1528.
2o (281 x 201 mm). Collation: a-i8 (Luminare maius); A-B8 C10 (Lumen apothecariorum); AA-DD8 (Thesaurus aromatariorum). 140 leaves (including blanks i8 and DD8). Gothic types; double column. Title printed in red and black within woodcut border, with large woodcut device of Louis Martin. Woodcut initials. (Some mostly marginal worming, occasional small dampstain to upper margins, a few sheets browned.) Contemporary South German blind-stamped pigskin spine over wooden boards, pair of brass and leather fore-edge clasps, original parchment index tabs, one with colored toggle, pastedowns from a 14th-century missal on vellum written in red and black in a large gothic textura, from the Proper of the Saints (lacking one clasp, rubbed); preserving a few deckle edges. Provenance: a few early marginalia; 18th-century inscription of a Jesuit college (name effaced).
Rare edition of a popular pharmaceutical manual, consisting of three 15th-century treatises by Italian physicians, containing recipes for the preparation of herbal remedies, essential oils, syrups, pills and unguents, collected and revised from earlier manuscript sources. First published at Pavia in 1494, the work became the official pharmaceutical textbook in several cities, including Nuremberg, and remained a standard source until the mid-17th century. This is the second of three Lyonese editions, following that printed by Jean Moylin, also for Louis Martin, in 1525. The first part contains its own colophon and may have been issued separately. Baudrier V, p. 103; BM/STC French, p. 300; Wellcome 4017-4018.