Commentarii denuo aucti in libros sex Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbei de Medica Materia. Adiectis quamplurimis plantarum & animalium imaginibus, quae in prioribus editionibus non habentur, eodem authore. His accessit eiusdem apologia adversus Amathum Lusitanum.

MATTIOLI, Petri Andraea

Published by Gabrielem Coterium,, 1562
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4to. [cxii], 837; 69, [3] pp. Complete with all blanks present. Woodcut printer's device on title and colophon. With 640 text woodcuts, some in contemporary hand-colour. Contemporary calf, worn at head of spine, boards rubbed, joints starting; old repairs on endleaves, some waterstains and browning due to the paper stock, but overall a superb copy with sharp impression to the plates and with contemporary annotations. First published in Italian in Venice, 1544, this is the first Latin edition printed in France, rare with only seven copies located. Mattioli's celebrated commentaries on Dioscorides is one of the great sixteenth-century herbals. It was the most widely disseminated botanical book of its time, with some forty editions known. Mattioli (1500-1577), physician and botanist, made his fortune as a practicing physician and then retired to write and do theoretical research. He continually revised and expanded the text of this, his best known work, in subsequent editions. He became increasingly obsessed with being the ultimate authority on the works of Dioscorides and increasingly intolerant of anyone who disagreed with his interpretations. One of the scholars who made this mistake was Juan Rodriguez de Castello Branco, of Portugal, writing under the pseudonym of Amatus Lusitanus. The Apologia in the present work is Mattioli's scathing attack on Lusitanus. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Commentarii denuo aucti in libros sex ...
Publisher: Gabrielem Coterium,
Publication Date: 1562

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