first edition printed in italy, folio (297 x 205mm.), double column, 53 lines plus headline, initial spaces with guides, title within decorative woodcut border, more than 1000 column-width woodcut illustrations, 3 full-page woodcuts, 2 within decorative white-on-black borders, old vellum, c5 torn at inner margin affecting text, q5 torn at foot extending into text, T3 and T4 browned, some minor marginal dampstaining, without final blank
Adams H1016; Durling 2468; Hunt 12; Mortimer Italian 238; Nissen BBI 2368
The illustration cuts are reverse copies of those by Johann Prüss. Two full-page cuts depict physicians in consultation, one based on that in Ketham's Fascicolo di medicina, the other repeated from a 1504 Venice edition of Guillelmus de Saliceto, Chirurgia. Original to this edition, as a supplement to the section De urinis, is the pseudo-Galen tract De facile acquisibilibus. As detailed by Mortimer, composition was divided between Benalius's and Tacuinus's shops, the former setting thirty of the quires, and the latter twenty-eight. The fine four-part title-page border with dolphins was part of Tacuinus's stock, first used by him a few months earlier for his edition of Vitruvius. In Mortimer's words, "it was one of the most influential pieces of [book] ornamentation of the sixteenth century", being copied in several formats by many other Renaissance printers.
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