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About this Item: Leipzig und Halle Sellius, 1715. Kl.8°. 62 nn. Bll., 853 S. Mit 1 mehrf. gef. Tafel. Pergamentband der Zeit mit handschriftlichem Rückentitel. Vgl. Graesse VI/403. Die Erstausgabe erschien 1560 in Venedig. Der Humanist Carlo Sigonio (Modena 1525-1584) war Professor der griech. Sprache in Modena; später in Venedig (Professur d. schöen Wissenschaften), Padua und Bologna - Einband etwas fleckig. Alter Besitzvermerk auf fliegendem Vorsatz. Vordergelenk mit wenigen Wurmgängen. Papier überwiegend fleckenfrei. Gewicht (Gramm): 680. Seller Inventory # 176145-1

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About this Item: Antverpiae, Christophor Plantin, 1571. 8vo (21.0 x 14.3 cm). Title page with engraved vignette. [xviii], 332, [xi] pp., and 92 woodcuts in the text. Original vellum. Title written in ink in an old hand on the spine.= First Latin edition of this early book on poisonous animals and plants, especially important because it contains early descriptions and depictions of poisonous snakes and spiders. A long poem by Nikandros on these subjects appears at the end. Deals with poisonous fishes, insects, snakes, frogs, plants, and mushrooms. On pp. 58-95 different snakes are discussed: this section has 12 fine large woodcuts of different snakes in the text. Furthermore, lizards, salamanders and frogs are discussed and illustrated with another five woodcuts. Numerous annotations in an old hand - especially to the poem by Nikandros - including inscriptions dated 1700 on the title and verso. Some small marginal repairs; in the front and rear a rather faint water stain and a few spots in the margins. The woodcuts have a strong impression. A good copy. Nissen ZBI, 1713. Seller Inventory # 9988

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De venenis libri due. Gallice primum ab: GREVIN, J.

About this Item: Antweriae, ex officina Chistophori Plantini, 1571. 4to (223 x 155mm). pp. (20), 332, (10), with 92 woodcuts in the text. Contemporary limp vellum (some damage to right upper corner of the frontcover). First Latin edition of this important work on toxicology. The first French edition was published by Plantin in 1568. The present Latin edition was translated from the French by the Augsburg physician Hieremias Martius. Jacques Grevin (c. 1539-1570) was a French poet and dramatist and disciple of Ronsard. "Grevin was originally educated as a physician, and wrote several works on medical and scientific topics. His two books on poisons, while adding nothing new to toxicological knowledge, showed a distinctively skeptical and realistic attitude towards the writings of both classical and modern authors, with whom Grévin often disagreed. He also casts doubt on several superstitious beliefs, such as the efficacy of amulets against poison, or the turquoise's power to detect the presence of toxic substance. Two books on poisons was published with Grevin's verse translation of 'Theriaka' and 'Alexipharmaka', two didactic poems on poisonous plants and animals by the Hellenistic physician Nicander of Colophon (b. ca. A.D. 275)" ('The Haskell F. Norman library of Science & Medicine' 439, quoting the French edition).The excellent woodcuts show snakes, amphibia, scorpions, fish, a dog suffering from rabies, poisonous plants etc.Durling 2174; Nissen ZBI, 1713. Seller Inventory # 6765

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