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Rare pocket handbook of practical herbal medicine

BRUNFELS, Otto.
Epitome ex gravissimis authoribus, totius rei medicae summam complectens, … congesta: nuper verò emendata et locupletata.
Paris, Guillaume Julian, 1552. 16mo (11.5 x 7.5 cm). Old limp parchment.
€ 2,500
Fourth(?) edition of a rare pocket handbook of practical herbal medicine, in Latin. The tiny separately published editions probably served as simple handbooks for many practicing doctors and clerics who tended the sick. It includes numerous, often alphabetical lists of plants, each covering a different category according to their botanical or medical characteristics or the ailments they can ameliorate.
Otto Brunfels (ca. 1464?-1534) took an interest in the healing powers of plants, moved to Switzerland and became a physician and one of the most important fathers of modern botany.
With several early owners' inscriptions, a bookplate and a library stamp. With 2 letters in 1 note very slightly shaved, a corner of a couple leaves torn off, and a few marginal stains, otherwise still in good condition.
Adams B2922; for Brunfels: Greene, Landmarks of botanical history II, pp. 241-270.
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