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Medical secrets plus a largely imaginary Medieval European view of India

[ACHILLINI, Alessandro]. Secreta secretorum Aristotelis.
ARISTOTLE [pseudo]. Maximi philosophi ... de signis aquarum: & tempestatum.
ARISTOTLE [pseudo]. Maximi philosophurum ... de mineralibus.
AVERROES. De beatitudine anime.
ACHILLINI, Alexander. De universalibus.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT [pseudo]. De mirabilibus Indie.
(Colophon: Lyon, Antoine Blanchard, 23 March) 1528. Small 8vo (15 x 10.5 cm). With a title-page with a decorated woodcut border, woodcut printer's device on last page, 6 woodcut initials. Contemporary blind-tooled sheepskin(?) parchment over wooden boards, in a panel design, brass catch-plates and anchor-plates (straps and clasps lost). Full description
€ 11,500
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First Italian edition of a pioneering work on medicinal plants in Asia & America

ACOSTA, Christoval. Trattato ... della historia, natura, et virtu delle droghe medicinali, & altri semplici rarissimi, che vengono portati dalle Indie Orientali in Europa, con le figure delle piante ritratte, & disegnate dal vivo poste a' luoghi proprii. Nuovamente recato dalla Spanuola nella nostra lingua.
Venice, Francesco Ziletti, 1585. 4to. With 45 nearly full-page woodcuts of plants, 2 nearly full-page woodcuts of two Indian elephants. A few woodcuts of plants (leaves) have been simply coloured by a contemporary hand. Recased in early limp sheepskin parchment. New endpapers. Full description
€ 9,500
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First Dutch guide to pediatrics (dedication in 1st state),
with an appendix on Japanese and Borneo camphor

BLANKAART, Steven. Verhandelinge van de opvoedinge en ziekten der kinderen. Vertoonende op wat wyse de kinderen gezond konnen blyven, en ziek zijnde, bequamelyk konnen herstelt werden. Zeer nodig voor alle huyshoudende lieden.
Amsterdam, Hieronymus Sweerts, 1684. 8vo. With an engraved title-page showing a hospital scene and 19 figures on 6 engraved plates. Near contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 8,500
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The most complete Renaissance treatise on culinary carving
With 3 woodcut plates

CERVIO, Vincenzo. Il trinciante . . ., ampliato, et ridotto a perfettione dal cavallier reale Fusoritto da Narni.
Venice, heirs of Francesco Tramezini, 1581. 4to. With woodcut printer's device on title-page and 3 woodcut plates (1 folding), showing carving knives, forks and a carving iron, and fowl ready for carving, with parts labelled. Modern dark brown, gold- and blind-tooled reversed calf. Full description
€ 15,000
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Grimaldy’s panacea: a very treatise from the library of Henri Joliet


Le tombeau de l'envie, ou il est prouveì qu'il n'y a qu'une meìdecine, qui est la chimique; qu'il n'y a qu'un temperament & une seule maladie, & par consequent qu'il ne faut qu'un remede pour la guerir ... Traittant auparavant des eaux mineìrales de Saint-Simphorien, preìs d'Annessy en Genevois; de Cessey, preìs de Viteaux en Bourgongne; & de Sainte-Anne, aÌ demie lieue¨ de Dijon.
Dijon, J. Ressayre, 1679. 12mo. 19th-century aubergine morocco, gold-tooled spine and board edges, gilt edges.

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€ 6,500
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Scholarly medical botany for a broad public
Plantin edition with a new chapter

DODOENS (DODONAEUS), Rembert. Medicinalium observationum exempla rara. Accessere & alia quaedam, quorum elenchum pagina post praefationem exhibet.
Leiden, Christoffel Plantin, 1585. Small 8vo (16 x 10 cm). With Plantin's woodcut compasses device on the title-page. Contemporary reversed parchment (made from the lower part of a leaf from a 16th-century legal document in German, with a reference to Basel). Full description
€ 5,500
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Rare collection of 17 popular farcical texts

[FACETIAE]. Facetiae facetiarum, hoc est, jocoseriorum fasciculus novus, exhibens varia variorum autorum scripta, non tàm lectu jucunda & jocosa, amoena & amanda, quàm lectu verè digna & utilia, multisve moralibus ad mores seculi nostri accomodata, illustrata & adornata.
[Rostock, Augustin Ferber], 1627. 17 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With general title-page and 17 part-titles, some with woodcut ornaments or illustrations. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 4,500
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On the abuse of alcohol, by a great German chronicler and popular historiographer of the 16th century

FRANCK, Sebastian. Von dem greüwlichen Laster der Trunckenhayt ...
[Augsburg, Heinrich Steiner, 1533?]. 4to. With large and unusually detailed woodcut (10 x 12 cm) on title-page showing an elaborate banquet and a vomitting man, by H. Weiditz (the Petrarca master), decorated woodcut initials. Set in schwabacher types with incidental fraktur. Early 19th-century shell-marbled boards. Full description
€ 4,500
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Rare Dutch  translation of the “Artzneybuch”

GABELKOVER (GAEBELKHOUWER; GAEBELCHOVER), Oswald. Medecijn-boeck. Daer inne, wt bevel des doorluchtighen hooch-gheborenen vorsten, ende heeren, heeren Lodewijck, hertoghe tot Wirtenberghe ... Meest voor alle lijfgebreken, ende cranckheyden wt gelesene en[de] beproefde medicijnen, die wt vele hooge ende nederstandes persoonen gheschrevene medicijnboecken, te samen, ende by een gebracht zijn. … Wt Hoogduytsche sprake getrouwelick overgeset.
Dordrecht, Abraham Canin, 1598. 4 parts in 1 volume. Small 4to (19.5 x 14 cm). With Canin's woodcut device on the title-page. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 5,950
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