RYFF, WALTHER HERMANN. Reformierte Deutsche Apoteck, Darinnen Eigentliche Contrafactur der Fürnembsten und Gebrëuchlishten Kreütter. Strassburg: Josias Rihel 1573.
Folio, 339 x 215mm. (13 3/8 x 8 1/2 in.), contemporary calf over bevelled wooden boads, covers blind-panelled and -tooled with outer border of repeated leaf tools, inner panel with floral tools at angles and central oval cartouche with an arabesque design on an azuré ground, two brass fore-edge clasps, edges stained blue, remains of three paper index tabs; head of spine chipped, extremities rubbed, a few small scratches to covers, title stained and with short marginal tear, occasional browning, mostly to edges, occasional slight showthrough of red coloring.
3 parts in one (collation as in Hunt), Gothic type, title printed in red and black, 166 LARGE WOODCUTS, MOSTLY OF PLANTS, FINELY COLORED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, eight-line and smaller woodcut fraktur initials.
The only edition, published after Ryff's death: "the publisher...must have gathered this material together from Ryff's notes and previous publications and produced the book on his own" (Hunt). The woodcuts are based on David Kandel's illustrations for Bock's Kreuterbuch.
BM/STC German, p. 74; Hunt I, 114; Nissen BBI 1707.
Provenance: "Ex Bibliotheca Canonia Sti. Floriani Reg.s (?)", eighteenth-century inscription on title; effaced ink stamp on title; paper shelf-mark label on upper cover (in ink on front pastedown) ; Juan Carlos Ahumada, bookplate and ink stamp (from K. F. Koehlers); the present owner.