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Dos libros, el uno que trata de todas las cosas que se traen de nuestras Indias Occidentales
Seville: Hernando Diaz, 1569. First Full Treatise on the Medical Plants of the New WorldMonardes, Nicolás (ca. 1493-1588). Dos libros, el uno que trata de todas las cosas que traen de nuestras de nuestras Indias occidentales, que sirven al uso de la medicina . . . 8vo. [140]ff., plus "Tassa" leaf inserted between leaves A2 and A3. Woodcut portrait of Mondardes on title, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials, printer's device. Seville: Hernando Diaz, 1569. 167 x 108 mm. Limp vellum c. 1569, title lettered in ink on spine, spine reinforced, a few small holes and chips. Title, "Tassa" leaf and lower corner of leaf L2 repaired, all with some loss, a few minor repaired tears in some other leaves. Very good copy apart from the repairs.Second edition of Monardes's treatise on the medical plants of the New World, first published in 1565. Both editions are rare in commerce. Monardes, a physician living in Seville, Spain, never traveled to America but was able to study a large number of New World plants due to Seville's control over the navigation and commerce operating between Spain and the Americas. He maintained a botanical garden in which he grew both native and exotic plants, and made scientific studies of the pharmacological properties of such New World species as tobacco, coca, sunflower, sarsaparilla, ipecacuanha, cinchona and sassafras. Monardes's Dos libros was "the first full treatise on these drugs, and for many years the most important study of the medicinal plants of Central America" (Mann, Modern Drug Use, p. 202). It was through Monardes's writings that the American materia medica began to be known, and his books were widely read and translated. The English version, translated by John Frampton, was published in 1569-71 under the title Joyfull Newes out of the Newe Founde Worlde. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Morton, History of Botanical Science, p. 120. Catalogue of Botanical Books in the Collection of Rachel McMasters Hunt, I, 106.
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