2 works in one volume, folio (254 x 175mm.), black letter, early nineteenth-century diced Russia gilt, gilt edges, spine faded, joints worn, extremities slightly rubbed
The herbal was translated from the French Le grant herbier which came into circulation in the late fifteenth century. An unillustrated herbal (Banckes's Herbal) was published in London the previous year, but without illustrations. Treveris's herbal contains nearly 500 illustrations, mostly of plants, including a large woodcut on the title-page depicting a man picking grapes and another gathering flowers; the woodcuts are based on those in German versions of the herbal. Treveris reissued his herbal in 1529, both under his own name and together with the bookseller Lawrence Andrewe.
On the title-page of the herbal, Treveris makes mention of his publication on surgery of the previous year (which was in fact his first dated book), thus viewing them as complementary works.
The second work is a translation of Das Buch der cirurgia (originally published in Strassburg in 1497), probably carried out by Lawrence Andrewe. It was the first treatise to deal with the treatment of gunshot wounds. Treveris's types were used for the first English translation of Brunschwig's influential Liber de arte distillandi (1527), translated and printed by Andrewe.
The woodcuts in Brunschwig's treatise depict surgical tools, anatomical details, and equipment such as racks for setting broken limbs and elevators for relieving depressed skull fractures.
BOTH WORKS ARE UNCOMMON ON THE MARKET. The last copy of the Brunschwig to appear at auction was sold in these rooms on 2 December 1994, lot 502.
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