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Thierbuch. Von Art Natur und Eygenschafft - ALBERTUS MAGNUS... - 1545. [1279008]
Frankfurt: Cyriacus Jacob zum Bart, 1545. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Folio (290 x 188 mm). 172 (of 173) numbered leaves, with final blank but lacking blank leaf a6 after preliminaries. Signatures: a6 [-a6], A-Ee6. Gothic type, 4 woodcut illustrations on title and 214 woodcut illustrations in text. Rebound to style in early 20th century full calf over wooden boards, spine with 4 raised bands, boards ruled in blind, two brass catches and clasps, red-coloured edges, spine sun-faded, little scratching to boards. Very little browning, very minor spotting and finger-soiling to text, tears in few pages repaired with Japan paper in blank lower margin, first 6 leaves repaired and reinforced at gutter, small repaired hole in title-page not affecting text or image. Provenance: Dr. Kurt Lindner, Bamberg (small stamp "Bibliotheca Tiliana" to title verso and leaf E5v and bookplate to front pastedown); Sigrid Gutekunst (bookplate to front pastedown). A very good copy with ample margins, printed on strong paper. ----Benzing, Ryff 178; Nissen ZBI 55; VD 16 A 1336; Graesse I, 56; Rottinger, Frankfurter Buchholzschn. 120. - THE RARE FIRST GERMAN EDITION OF THIS VERY POPULAR WORK OF ALBERTUS MAGNUS, edited by Walther Hermann Ryff, on zoology. The Thierbuch is one of the earliest illustrated purely zoological work and contains sections on quadrupeds, birds, snakes, and insects. The woodcuts are derived from various sources, including Lonitzer and Egenolf publications. The text is a translation of De animalibus, books 22-26. An important part of the work (chapter 23) deals with the falconry and is, apart from its ornithological section, not original, but a collection of predominantly 12th-century hunting treatises with a strong veterinary medicinal focus. (Linder, Anfänge der dt. Jagdliteratur, p.47). The first German translations of these parts were done in the 15th century by Werner Ernesti and Heinrich Münsinger. Ryff did not know these two translations present in manuscript only. The woodcuts of the master "IK" are mainly from the book of Michael Herr's Gründtlicher underricht ... aller vierfüssigen thier. The unsigned animal drawings of this print are skilful, of large style, and with the animals in almost lifelike representation. As in other medieval and early Renaissance zoological works, demons and hybrid species had considerable relevance. "Albertus also believed in hybrids of man and various animals, for example the Donkey-man (Onocentaurus), and the Goat-man (Cirinus and Pilosus) ... It is a telling detail that on the title-page of the 1545 edition two hybrids appear next to the 'kings' of the animals (the eagle and the lion): the basiliks and a kind of Sea-wolf ... Interestingly, early modern zoology did not abandon the thoughts of the Medieval thinkers, but came into being a hype in the interest in monsters: the science of teratology developed and extensive treatises on monsters by, e.g. Paré, Aldrovandi or Liceti, were composed." (K. Enekel, in: Zoology in Early Modern Culture, Brill, 2014, p.112-14). Very Good....
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