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Aggregator sive De Medicinis simplicibus
286 leaves (complete) with a duplicate of quire [g]6 giving a total of 292 leaves. Royal folio (403 x 282mm.), 55 lines, Gothic type, 2- to 7-line initials supplied in red (some with marginal extensions), red initial-strokes, paraphs & underlinings, cont. German blind-stamped pigskin over thick wooden boards (binding slightly rubbed, a couple of leaves a little foxed or stained), small stamps of eagles, flowers and dragons (with less stamping on lower cover), two catches & remains of clasps, paper label on upper cover "Aggrega. Paduano." [Strasbourg: The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), ca. 1475-80]. First edition of this important herbal and pharmacological work, one of the earliest printed books with an exclusively medical content; the recipes are largely based on Greek and Arabic sources. This is a magnificent copy - crisp, large, and rubricated - in its first binding from the Episcopal Court Library at Eichstätt. Dondis (1295-1359), a native of Padua, was the municipal physician of Chioggia, a coastal town near Venice and later became professor of medicine at Padua. Dondis was also a mechanician who designed a complicated automatic clock for his native town; it was certainly one of the earliest tower clocks. Astronomy was another area in which Dondis worked; he wrote a work entitled Planetarium, a set of astronomical tables based on the Alphonsine ones but simpler and computed for the meridian of Padua. Dondis' "most extensive work was the Aggregatio medicamentorum, or Promptuarium medicinae, a work which contains a large collection of medical recipes based largely on Greek and Arabic sources. It is divided into four main sections: (1) impostumes (37 chapters), (2) contusions and fractures (8 chapters), (3) wounds (12 chapters), (4) ulcers and abscesses (20 chapters). The work was completed after 1358."-Sarton, III, p. 1670. This was a most successful work with a number of later editions. The Italian translation appeared under the title Herbolario volgare (eds. of 1536 and 1540). Binding & Provenance: This combination of binding stamps is also recorded on a Venice imprint of 1477 now in Augsburg (Ink 226). Seventeenth-century inscription at head of first leaf: "Ad Bibl. Aul. Eystettensem" (the Episcopal Court Library of Eichstätt). A really fine copy and rare; the only other copy to have come to auction in recent years is the Norman copy in 1998. ? Garrison-Morton 6789-"an encyclopaedic dictionary of medicine, containing a large number of medical recipes based upon Greek and Arabic sources." Goff D-358-(dating the book "1470"). Stillwell The Awakening Interest in Science during the First Century of Printing, 355.
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