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Ruralia Commoda
1471. 210 unnumbered leaves (of 212, lacking two of three final blanks). Gothic type, 35 lines. Fine eight-line penwork initial in blue and red on first leaf, each book opened by a penwork initial in green and red, with extensions, numerous initials painted in red in text, many with extensions in preliminary leaves, rubricated throughout; frequently annotated in three different hands, the earliest annotating German names of plants and fruits quoted in the work; upper blank margin of first leaf partially restored, not affecting text but slightly encroaching on wisps of the red extension to initial, occasional finger-soiling and light foxing, a couple of minor marginal repairs or restorations. Folio (293 x 212 mm.), 19th-cent. red morocco (signed "Bindi" of Milan), panelled in blind with the arms of Marchese Girolamo d'Adda Salvaterra, in center of each cover, spine gilt, a.e.g. [Augsburg]: J. Schüssler, ca. 16 February 1471. First edition of the most important agricultural treatise of the Middle Ages; it is the first printed work devoted to agriculture. Crescenzi "took pains to prepare an encyclopaedic treatise on the subject, utilizing all the available sources of information, written and unwritten, and he accomplished his purpose so well that his treatise was one of the most important and popular books of the fourteenth century and even of the Middle Ages, and remained a standard book in its field for two and a half centuries."-Sarton, Vol. III, Part I, p. 813. Crescenzi (1233-1321), a native of Bologna, after studying medicine and the natural sciences, became a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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