[MONARDES, Nicolas (1493-1588)]. Joyfull Newes Out of the New-found Worlde. Wherein are declared, the rare and singular vertues of divers Herbs, Trees, Plantes, Oyles & Stones, with their applications, as well to the use of Phisicke, as of Chirurgery...Also the portrature of the said Hearbs...Wherunto are added three other bookes treating of the Bezaar Stone, the herb Escuerconera, the properties of Iron and Steele in Medicine, and the benefit of Snow. London: E. Allde, by the assigne of Bonham Norton, 1596.
4o (176 x 126 mm). Roman and black letter types, general and one sectional title-page with woodcut typographical border, 12 woodcuts in the text (three full-page) illustrating herbs and plants. (Small marginal repaired tear on Bb1, Vv4v with shoulder note misprinted, some pale marginal dampstaining and light browning). Nineteenth-century calf gilt (rebacked preserving original spine). Provenance: Abraham Asteley (contemporary ownership inscription on first blank); John Towneley (1731-1813), distinguished English collector (bookplate); Massachusetts Horticultural Society, J.D. Williams French Fund (bookplate dated 1944).
Third edition in English, translated by John Frampton (fl. 1577-1596) from several important Spanish treatises by Monardes (ca. 1493-1588), a physician of Seville. In addition to describing the uses and cultivation of quinine, sassafrass, cassava, rhubarb, ginger, Monardes "was the first physician to write of the vegetable poison curare, and his lengthy description of an even more famous American plant introduced to Europe the name 'tabaco' and 'nicotain'...(Norman). The additional treatises on the medical properties of the bezoar stone, iron and steel and snow appeared first in English in the 1580 edition. Arents 24A; Church 253; Hunt 173; Nissen BBI Supplement 1397nc; NLM/Durling 3221; Norman 1535; Sabin 49946; STC 18007; Wellcome 4397.