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RYFF, Walther Hermann.
New gross Distillirbüch, wolgegründter künstlicher Distillation, sampt Underweisung und Bericht, künstlich abzuziehen oder separieren, die fürnembste distillierte Wasser, köstliche Aquas vitae, quintam essentiam, heylsame Öl, Balsam, und dergleichen vilgüter Abzüge ... Jetzt gantz von newem durch einen deren Künsten liebhaber fleissig ersehen, corrigiert, und uber vorige Edition gebessert.Frankfurt am Main, heirs of Christian Egenolff, 1567. Folio. With title-page printed in red and black, with the beginning of the title printed from 3(?) woodblocks (including the word "Distillir", with its first letter as a decorated intial), and about 285 woodcuts in the text, mostly showing plants (usually the entire plant including roots, but sometimes also fruits or other parts) and a wide variety of equipment, all coloured by a contemporary hand. Modern calf.
Nissen, BBI 270 note; USTC 677100 (1 copy); VD16 R 3980 (same copy as USTC); cf. Durling 763-764 (1545 & 1597 eds.); Ferguson II, pp. 306-308 (knowing only the 1556 & 1597 eds.); Wellcome 5668 (1545 ed.). The very rare third edition, in the original German and by the original publisher, of one of the great practical standard works on distillation and medical botany, by Walther Ryff (ca. 1500-1548), here coloured by a contemporary hand. It was first published in 1545 and the present edition uses mostly the woodcuts of the first edition. The text is divided into four parts and discusses the construction of distilling equipment, the techniques of distilling, the preparation and processing of plant products (at the end of part three also animal products) for the extraction of medicines, and the making of medicinal syrups, oils, etc. The first edition was also called new, indicating that Ryff saw his book as an expanded and updated substitute for what is now often called (probably under the influence of Ryff's title) the "Großes Destillierbuch" by Hieronymus Brunschwig (ca. 1450-ca. 1512), first published in Latin as Liber de arte distillandi in 1512 and translated into German under various titles. Brunschwig had published a smaller work with the same Latin title in 1500.Like many who illuminated scholarly subjects in vernacular works for practitioners, Ryff was controversial and his biography remains speculative. He was born in Strasbourg and is thought to have worked as an apothecary. He called himself a doctor and surgeon on the title-page and was supposedly city physician of … [Click Below for Full Description]
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