Pedacius Dioscorides. De Medica Materia Libri Sex...His Accessit, Praeter Pharmacorum simplicium catalogum, copiosus omniu(m) ferme medelarum sive curationum Index. Lyon: Jean Frellon, 1547. Krown & Spellman retail: $800. Small 8vo. (often described s 12mo.) a-x6 (Lacks x 7 & 8 of index,) [4],543,[150]pp. Lacks all after X5 (three leaves, two of index, one blank?) 18th c. 1/2 calf over marbled boards, title-label, gilt rules on spine, paste-paper endpapers, old owner's inscription on t.p. crossed-out, donation note in contemp. hand, sentiment on rear of t.p; some old annotations, occ. small marginal dampstains; some marginal notes slightly shaved; Frellon device on t.p. colored in an old hand. Frellon crab device on t.p., decorated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    "Ruelle was one of the earliest French botanists...He was of importance especially for this translation of Dioskorides."[Hunt]

    "If to have written the most serviceable book of botany that the world of learning knew of during sixteen centuries were the best title to botanical greatness, to Dioskorides would readily be concorded the absolute supremacy over al other botanists, not only of antiquity but for all time...One may fairly say that the greater part of all the new botanical matter published during the whole of the 16th century, and a part of the 17th, came out in the form of annotations upon the text of Dioskorides." [E. L. Greene as quoted in Hunt] Index Aurel. 154.335. Hoffmann I,603. Schweiger, Greek,102. Baudrier V,211(also inc. at end.) Wellcome I,1786. Pritzel 236.

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