20 November 2002
PETRUS de ABANO (c.1250-c.1316). De Venenis. Rome: [Stephan Plannck], 17 March 1490.
Chancery 4° (205 x 140mm). Collation: a-c6 (a1r blank, a1v contents, a2r text, c6v colophon). 18 leaves. 33 lines. Type: 2:88G. Modern dark brown morocco, yellow edges.
Fifth separate edition of 'the first printed book on toxicology' (Garrison-Morton), and a wide-ranging treatment of the subject, covering (among much else) arsenic and hemlock, opium and other narcotics, the venom of snakes, spiders and scorpions, and more exotic poisons such as coriander juice. The range of antidotes is more limited, including classical remedies such as bezoar stone. It first appeared together with Petrus's Conciliator at Mantua in 1472, and went through at least nine 15th-century editions. HC *13; BMC IV, 91 (IA. 18476); Garrison-Morton 2070; Klebs 774.8; Goff P-443.
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