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Historia mundi naturalis
Frankfurt am Main: [Martin Lechler for Sigmund Feyerabend], 1582. - folio. pp. 18 p.l.(incl 2 blanks), 528, [52], [183]index. index with separate title. woodcut coat of arms & 50 woodcuts in the text. woodcut ornaments & initials. woodcut printer’s device on titles. first title in red & black. An attractive copy in old sprinkled calf (c1700), gilt back (slight wear to head of spine, lower rear joint starting to crack, some gatherings browned, repaired tear in 2 preliminary leaves – one blank – with no loss). from the library of Camille Aboussouan, with library arms on covers and bookplate. Attractively illustrated edition of the most ancient encyclopaedia extant. Pliny's work, containing all that was known in ancient Roman times concerning mathematics, physics, cosmography, astronomy, geography, anthopology, physiology, medicine, zoology, agriculture, botany, mineralogy, commerce, and the history of art, remained the major source of knowledge throughout the Middle Ages. It was first printed in 1469 by Johannes de Spira of Venice. The fifty text woodcuts illustrating the present edition were executed by Jost Amman, Hans Burgkmair, Hans Weiditz and others. Adams P1579. Andresen 239n. BM STC German p. 705. Wellcome I 5122. cfPrinting and the Mind of Man 5. cfDibner 75. cfDurling 3686ff. cfGarrison & Morton 89. cfStillwell 684. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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