DescriptionEllen Shaffer. The Garden of Health. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1957. From a limited edition of 300 copies. An original illustrated leaf from the 1499 edition of Hortus Sanitatis tipped-in. Quarter beige cloth over magenta paper boards. Title printed in black on the spine. A fine copy.
Ellen Shaffer. The Garden of Health. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1957.
First edition. Folio. 41 pages. Limited edition of 300 copies printed by Lawton Kennedy in red and black. An original illustrated leaf from the 1499 edition of Hortus Sanitatis tipped in (this leaf with winged dogs on the recto and catfish on the verso). Numerous woodblock engravings.
Quarter beige cloth over magenta paper boards with a female image printed in red on the front cover. Title printed in black on the spine. A fine copy.
"It was an agreeable conceit of the fifteenth century to attribute to its books of herb and materia medica the qualities of a garden -- a garden in which mankind might seek and find those remedies which would bring the priceless gift of health. Two great herbals literally bore the name of 'the garden of health' -- the Gart der Gesundheit, which first appeared in Mainz, the birthplace of printing in 1485; and the Hortus Sanitatis, which was published in the same historic city six years later. For more than half a century thereafter these two classics in the fields of botany and medicine were issued in numerous editions in many of the countries of Europe" (from the introduction).
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