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Opera de medicamentorum purgantium delectu, castigatione, &: MESUA, J. (also

About this Item: medicamentorum, Libri duo. Quorum prior Antidotarium, posterior de appropriatis vulgo inscribitur. His accessere Plantarum in Libro simplicium descriptarum imagines ex vivo expressae. Venetiis, apud Iuntas, 1581. Folio (335 x 220mm). Leaves (8), 272; (6), 277, (13, 1 blank), with printer's device on title and 39 woodcuts of plants in the 'De Simplicibus' section. Contemporary vellum, spine with later repairs (somewhat worn). Second illustrated edition, the first to include the commentary of Johannes Costaeus. Yahya ibn Masawaih or Mesue the younger is supposed to have been a Jacobite Christian living at Maradin on the Euphrates in the 10th-11th centuries. However none of his writings have ever been found in their original language and no Arabian bio- or bibliographer knows him and it is now believed that a Latin author of the early 13th century assumed the name. At any rate, these works gained soon authorative importance as the pharmacological quintessence of Arabic therapeutics, and the esteem in which they were held is shown by the fact that they belonged to the first medical books to be printed. The first book 'De Simplicibus' deals with the choice of purgatives according to their properties and actions and are divided into laxative, mild and drastic. The 'Grabadin', or apothecary's manual was the most popular compendium of drugs in medieval Europe, and was used everywhere in their preparation. It was also used in forming the first London Pharmacopeia. The book also contains a treatise on therapeutics, covering diseases of the head, chest and a fragment on hart diseases, as well as many commentaries on, additions to, the works of Mesue by other authors.Provenance: Bookplate of Edward Sandford Burgess; Horticultural Society of New York, bequest Kenneth K. Mackenzie october 1934; De Belder.Wellcome I, 4285; Durling 3132. Seller Inventory # 4229

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About this Item: Giunta, Venezia, 1589. Folio, cc. (8), 258; cc. (6), 277, 1 c.b., (12). Frontespizio stampato in nero e rosso, con marca tipografica incisa su legno. Il Supplementum ha un proprio frontespizio. All'ultima carta Registro e marca tipografica.Numerosi legni nel testo raffigurano le piante. Il testo è su due colonne con capilettera figurati incisi su legno. Legatura in mezza pergamena. enciclopedica opera di medicina, che è anche una farmacopea, di ibn Masawaih, originario di Damasco (777-875 ca) divenne direttore di un ospedale a Bagdad; fu scrittore assai prolifico, trattò di oftalmologia, fisica, dietologia, depressione ecc. botanica medicina medicine botany piante farmacologia segreti ricette recipe givanni costeo. Seller Inventory # 1781

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