De venenis libri duo. Jacques GREVIN.
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De venenis libri duo.

Antwerp: Christoph Plantin, 1571.

1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003425

4to (235 x 159 mm). [20], 332, [10] pp. Woodcut device on title, large floral and historiated woodcut initials, several woodcut illustrations in text. Signatures: *8 **2 A-X8 Y4. Including the final blank Y4. Contemporary limp vellum, japp edges, flat spine and lower edge lettered in ink (vellum somewhat shrinked and wrinkled, spine dust-soiled and bumped at top, lower capital band frayed, inner upper hinge split). Text somewhat browned, some gatherings stronger, gathering B with light dampstain at lower blank margin, paper flaw to blank fore-margin of leaf G6. Provenance: Dr. Aldo Frugoni (small ink stamp on title). Still very good copy in original binding. ----

First Latin translation by the Augsburg physician Hieremius Martius of the French edition of Grévin's "Deux livres des venins" and "Les oeuvres de Nicandre", both published by Plantin in 1568. A treatise on venoms and poisons as extracted from plants and animals. Jacques Grévin (1538-1570) was not only a famous physician and publisher of the French Vesalius edition, but also one of the classical dramatists (student of Ronsard). Ill. with 52 woodcuts in varying dimensions by Jehan de Gourmont, after Geoffroy Ballain, depicting snakes, worms, rats, lizards, scorpions, fish and flowers. Ref. Voet (Plantin Press) 1267; Adams G-1244; Nissen (ZBI) 1713; NLM/Durling 2174. - Visit our website to see more images!

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