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De medica materia libri sex.Basel, Michael - DIOSCORIDES, Pedanius - 1539. 
Durling 1149; USTC 601710 (6 copies); VD16 D2002 (5 copies); cf. T. Glick, Medieval science, technology and medicine: an encyclopedia. Isengrin's rare 1539 edition of Jean Ruel's translation into Latin of Dioscorides's standard work on pharmacology, for 1500 years the most important botanical text in Western civilization. Dioscorides (ca. 40-90 AD) a Greek in the service of the Roman Empire, assembled all that was then known concerning the medicinal uses of plants, animals and minerals, adding information from his own experience accompanying the Roman army to Spain, the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere, where he came to know many Persian, Indian and other exotic medicines."[It] contains just over one thousand chapters [each dealing with another medicine, with] the following information: the most common name of the drug; a description of the natural element producing the drug; the part used as a drug; the therapeutic properties of the drug; the diseases for which the drug was used, including the preparation and administration of the medicine; when appropriate, the falsifications and methods of authentication of the drug; and other uses of the drug, such as in cosmetics, veterinary medicine, of handicraft" (Glick). Binding slightly soiled and detached at one hinge. Title-page a bit worn and partially restored, some marginal waterstains throughout and a corner torn from the outer margin of leaf X1, not reaching the text; otherwise still good.Binding slightly soiled and detached at one hinge. Title-page a bit worn and partially restored, some marginal waterstains throughout and a corner torn from the outer margin of leaf X1, not reaching the text; otherwise still good.
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