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Bartholomaeus Anglicus; Vicente de Burgos
De proprietatibus rerum Extraordinary Spanish illustrated incunable encyclopedia
Toulouse: Heinrich Mayer, 1494. First Spanish edition of this medieval encyclopedia, a leading reference work during the Middle Ages, one of the rarest illustrated incunables printed in Spain, and peculiar because of the nature of the text. The Propietatibus Rerum first appeared at the beginning of the 13th century, written by an English Franciscan, and circulated widely in manuscript versions, the first published edition was c.1471, and translated into Latin, English, French, Italian, and, as here, Spanish. It was immediately regarded as an authoritative reference work for a wide range of areas of human knowledge, today relevant for our understanding of medieval thought, sciences, natural history and medicine. This first edition in Spanish is particularly relevant for the Hispanic World, which had just two years ago had commissioned Columbus for a journey which led to the European discovery of the Americas. Spanish understanding of the world would have been influenced by books like this, and thus the same applied to the American colonies in the earliest stages of the colonization and exploration. "A condensed encyclopedia of what was then understood by natural science... one of the most widely read scientific works of the Middle Ages" (Garrison-Morton, 91).The illustration comprises 18 large woodcuts in text, only 1 repeat, white on black woodcut printer's device, 6 woodcut diagrams and countless woodcut initials. The illustration shows the creation of Adam and Eve, the signs of the zodiac alongside the months of the year, some are of a medical nature and include a depicti … [Click Below for Full Description]
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