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The Grete Herball
THE GRETE HERBALL WHICH GEVETH PARFYT KNOWLEGE AND UNDERSTANDYNG OF ALL MANER OF HERBES... (SOUTHWARK: PETER TREVERIS, 27 JULY 1526), TITLE-PAGE PRINTED IN RED AND BLACK, LARGE WOODCUT ON TITLE-PAGE, NUMEROUS WOODCUT ILLUSTRATIONS, WOODCUT INITIALS, LARGE WOODCUT PRINTER'S DEVICE ON FINAL LEAF, +6 (CONTAINING FULL-PAGE WOODCUT OF A SKELETON) LACKING AND SUPPLIED IN FACSIMILE, TITLE-PAGE LAID DOWN BUT COMPLETE, A FEW LEAVES SLIGHTLY SHORT, EARLY INSCRIPTIONS ON +2 AND RECTO OF PRINTER'S DEVICE MOSTLY ERASED, A FEW MARGINAL TEARS AND REPAIRS, QUIRE M SLIGHTLY BROWNED, Q2 SLIGHTLY STAINED, SMALL TEAR IN S3 ALONG EDGE OF WATERMARK
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 GBP
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The Grete Herball
THE GRETE HERBALL WHICH GEVETH PARFYT KNOWLEGE AND UNDERSTANDYNG OF ALL MANER OF HERBES... (SOUTHWARK: PETER TREVERIS, 27 JULY 1526), TITLE-PAGE PRINTED IN RED AND BLACK, LARGE WOODCUT ON TITLE-PAGE, NUMEROUS WOODCUT ILLUSTRATIONS, WOODCUT INITIALS, LARGE WOODCUT PRINTER'S DEVICE ON FINAL LEAF, +6 (CONTAINING FULL-PAGE WOODCUT OF A SKELETON) LACKING AND SUPPLIED IN FACSIMILE, TITLE-PAGE LAID DOWN BUT COMPLETE, A FEW LEAVES SLIGHTLY SHORT, EARLY INSCRIPTIONS ON +2 AND RECTO OF PRINTER'S DEVICE MOSTLY ERASED, A FEW MARGINAL TEARS AND REPAIRS, QUIRE M SLIGHTLY BROWNED, Q2 SLIGHTLY STAINED, SMALL TEAR IN S3 ALONG EDGE OF WATERMARK
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 GBP
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The Grete Herball
THE GRETE HERBALL WHICH GEVETH PARFYT KNOWLEGE AND UNDERSTANDYNG OF ALL MANER OF HERBES... (SOUTHWARK: PETER TREVERIS, 27 JULY 1526), TITLE-PAGE PRINTED IN RED AND BLACK, LARGE WOODCUT ON TITLE-PAGE, NUMEROUS WOODCUT ILLUSTRATIONS, WOODCUT INITIALS, LARGE WOODCUT PRINTER'S DEVICE ON FINAL LEAF, +6 (CONTAINING FULL-PAGE WOODCUT OF A SKELETON) LACKING AND SUPPLIED IN FACSIMILE, TITLE-PAGE LAID DOWN BUT COMPLETE, A FEW LEAVES SLIGHTLY SHORT, EARLY INSCRIPTIONS ON +2 AND RECTO OF PRINTER'S DEVICE MOSTLY ERASED, A FEW MARGINAL TEARS AND REPAIRS, QUIRE M SLIGHTLY BROWNED, Q2 SLIGHTLY STAINED, SMALL TEAR IN S3 ALONG EDGE OF WATERMARK
BRUNSCHWIG, HIERONYMUS. The noble experience of the vertuous handy warke of surgery... (Southwark: Peter Treveris, 26 March 1525), title-page printed in red and black, woodcut illustrations (some full-page), woodcut initials, a few deckle edges, lacking T1, A4 bound before A1, last leaf torn and remargined with some loss, large repaired tear to A4, final quire washed and browned

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


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Provenance

George Spencer, marquess of Blandford (1766-1840), White Knights sale, 7 June 1819, lot 1975 (the entry mistakenly conflates the two works, giving the title of the herbal and the date of the second work); Richard Heber (1773-1833), with Bibliotheca Heberiana stamp on flyleaf and manuscript note "Wh. K. 1975, ... July 1819", sale, Sotheby's, 10 April 1834, lot 3463, bought for £5 12s 6d by S.H. Bohn

Literature

STC 13176 & 13434; Henrey 168; Hodnett 2419-2176 and 2394-2418; Wellcome 1525

Catalogue Note

THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED ENGLISH HERBAL AND THE FIRST ENGLISH BOOK ON SURGERY.

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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