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Hortus sanitatis.
ORTUS SANITATIS. DE HERBIS & PLANTIS... (VENICE: BERNARDINUS BENALIUS AND JOHANNES DE TRIDINO ALIAS TACUINUS, 11 AUGUST 1511)
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Hortus sanitatis.
ORTUS SANITATIS. DE HERBIS & PLANTIS... (VENICE: BERNARDINUS BENALIUS AND JOHANNES DE TRIDINO ALIAS TACUINUS, 11 AUGUST 1511)
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10,00015,000
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Hortus sanitatis.
ORTUS SANITATIS. DE HERBIS & PLANTIS... (VENICE: BERNARDINUS BENALIUS AND JOHANNES DE TRIDINO ALIAS TACUINUS, 11 AUGUST 1511)

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


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Literature

Adams H1016; Durling 2468; Hunt 12; Mortimer Italian 238; Nissen BBI 2368

Catalogue Note

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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