MESUE, Johannes the younger (d.1015). Opera medicinalia. - Franciscus PEDEMONTANUS. Complementum. - NICOLAUS SALERNITANUS. Antidotarium, quid pro quo, Synonyma. - ABULCASIS. Liber servitoris de praeparatione medicinarum simplicium. Translated by Abraham Tortuosiensis. Edited by Simon a Cordo. Venice: Reynaldus de Novimagio, 31 January 1479.
Super-chancery 2° (302 x 212mm). Collation: a10 b-i220.127.116.11 k6 l8 m-s6 t-u8 x-z10 \\i.0 \\j10 \\g8 \\a8 aa-oo10 pp8 A-F6 G8 (a1 blank, a2r Mesue Opera, t5r Pedemontanus commentary, A1r Antidotarium, C2v Quid pro quo, C4v Synonyma, D5v Abulcasis, G7r colophon, G7v blank, G8r register, G8v blank). 392 leaves. 53 lines, double column. Type: 1:77G (text), 2:150G (incipits). 2- to 9-line initial spaces, some with printed guide-letters, initials, paragraph marks and capital strokes supplied in red (some oxidised), foliation and some headlines added in brown ink. (Occasional staining, mostly marginal, tiny wormhole in a few leaves, small puncture in first 3 leaves repaired.) Modern calf preserving contemporary wooden boards and remains of blindstamped front cover, a Heilsbronn Cistercian binding with Kyriss 12a and 12b, and Schunke Schwenke-Sammlung Schrift 138, 306. Provenance: Mathias Kindt Junior (inscription dated 1509, many contemporary marginal notes in at least 2 hands).
A good copy of standard medical works by Mesue the younger, Abulcasis, and Nicolaus Salernitanus, clearly consulted and annotated as a reference work by early owners. The medical works which circulated under the name of Mesue the younger were among the most popular in the Middle Ages and the first to be printed. The Liber servitoris by Abulcasis which accompanies them here describes medical preparations from minerals, plants and animals, and "represents an early example of chemistry applied to the practice of medicine" (Campbell, Arabian medicine, p.90) HC *11108; BMC V, 255 (IB. 20647); Goff M-513; IGI 6387.