11 - 13 July 2000
Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum. Commentary attributed to Arnoldus de Villa Nova. - ARNOLDUS DE VILLA NOVA. Regimen sanitatis ad regem Aragonum. [Louvain: Johannes de Westfalia, c. 1484-85].
Chancery 4° (205 x 140mm). Collation: a-r8 (a1 blank, a2 title, text, o8v, second text, r8r colophon). 131 (of 136 leaves, without first blank and lacking d6-7, i1 and r8). 30 lines. Type: 2:118G, 1:89Gb. 4-line initial space opening each work, 2-line initial spaces in second work. (Lower margin of m1 renewed, repaired marginal tear in r1, washed and pressed.) 20th-century brown morocco panelled in gilt and blind to a late 15th-century style, signed by C. Hanson at the National Library of Wales. Provenance: John Lewis 'his book' (17th-century inscriptions on e4-6v, some plant names translated into English in a 17th-century hand); [Iwan Morgan, of Abergavenny (sale Sotheby's, 24 June 1947, lot 355, £55 to Foyle)].
An early Latin edition of the most popular medical text in the Middle Ages. Required for physicians, this poem, which emanated from the famous medical school of Salerno, enjoyed a wide lay readership for its advice on health, diet and hygiene. A number of unsigned editions were printed between about 1480-1485, including several by Johannes de Westphalia; this is his fourth. C 5054; BMC IX, 149 (IA. 49294); ILC 1856; IDL 3880; Klebs 829.3; Polain(B) 3325; Goff R-60.
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