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Halteren, Nicolaes Van."
Princelijck gheschenck, of tractaet der medicynen.Including: Het tractaet van de alchymie.Amsterdam, Jan Evertsz. Cloppenborgh (financed by Johannes a Porta), 1623. 4to. 17th-century(?) vellum."
1633. [8], 190, [2 blank] pp.First edition (first issue of the only edition?) of a very rare work on practical medicine, medical botany and pharmacology, with hundreds of recipes. The same publisher issued a second edition or more likely reissued the first edition in 1633 (perhaps merely with the date altered in manuscript or with a correction slip). We have located only three other copies of the 1623 version. Johannes a Porta had it published at his own expense, giving it its present title (which means princely gift) and dedicated it to the Dutch stadholder Maurits of Nassau, Prince of Orange (1567-1625). Added at the end is a treatise on alchemy for lovers of Paracelsus (1493/94-1541). Nicolaes van Halteren or Nicolaus Halterus (ca. 1560?-ca. 1605) was a minister of the church, first briefly at Asperen in 1588 and from 1588-1604 at Hoogblokland and Hoornaar. The son of his successor tells us in the dedication to the present book that he became a famous medical practitioner.With the margins of the title-page tattered and thumbed and a few other leaves slightly tattered, one or in a few leaves more small worm holes in the lower gutter margin through most of the book and with some stains in the foot margin, but otherwise in good condition. The sewing is loose and the vellum of the binding stained.l Bmn I, p. 56; Ferguson I, p. 362 note; Haller, Bibl. medicinae practicae (1777), Ii, p. 516; Hoogendoorn, Exact sciences Halt01; Stcn (1 copy); Worldcat (3 copies); not in Bruning; Garrison & Morton; Honeyman; Krivatsy; Waller; Wellcome."
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