Medical Plants

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Commelin, C.
Praeludia botanica ad publicas plantarum exoticarum demonstrationes dicta in Horto Medico, cum demonstrationes exoticarum 3 Octobris 1701, & 29 Maji 1702. ex auctoritate Nobilissimorum & Amplissimorum D. Consulum auspicatur. His accudent plantarum exoticarum, in praeludiis botanicis recensitarum, icones & descriptiones.
Lugduni Batavorum (Leiden), J. du Vivie, 1715. 4to (25.1 x 20.2 cm). [viii], 86 pp., with 33 engravings pasted on folded leaves (one double-sized). Rebacked contemporary half goatskin with original speckled boards and original hand-stamped endpapers.
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A very rare and important work on exotic plants in which the Geranium Africanum is depicted for the first time
New Kreüte...
Fuchs, L.
New Kreüterbuch, in welchem nicht allein die gantz Histori, das ist Namen, Gestalt, Statt und Zeit der Wachsung, Natur, Krafft und Würckung des meysten Theyls der Kreüter so in Teütschen und andern Landen wachsen...
Basel, M. Isingrin, 1543 [REPRINT, 1985]. Folio (35.8 x 22.7 cm) with one hand-coloured portrait of Leonhart Fuchs and three others on one page at the end; a hand-coloured printer's device ("Palma Ising") and 517 full page hand-coloured plates. Period style full calf; spine with five raised bands and morocco label with gilt title; hand-stamped boards with bevelled edges and two brass clasps. Edges green.
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The ultimate reprint, perfected in every detail
Du tabac,...
Gaffard, A.
Du tabac, son histoire, ses propriétés. Son usage nuisible à la santé, à la morale et aux grands intérêts sociaux. 2e Édition.
Paris & Limoges, Chapoulaud Frères, 1872. 12mo (16.8 x 11.1 cm). 184 pp., two engraved plates. Original pictorial wrappers.
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Rare copy - inscribed by the author
Happe, A.
Abbildung auslaendischer Materialien.
Berlin, [not published], 1767. Folio (37.3 x 24.3 cm). Decorative water colour title page, manuscript text within a garland of flowers and insects, and 86 water-colour plates of plants, manuscript index leaf at the end. Preserved in modern marbled clamshell box.
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A finely coloured manuscript depicting exotic and medicinal plants, by one of the greatest natural history artists of the 18th-century
Selectae e...
Linnaeus, C.
Selectae ex amaenitatibus academicis Caroli Linnaei, dissertationes ad universum naturalem historiam pertinentes, quas edidit, et additamentis auxit (L. B. e S.I.).
Graz, Typis Haeredum Widmanstadii, 1764. 8vo (20.1 x 13.5 cm). [xiv], 316 pp. with three folding engraved plates. Contemporary red boards with gilt vignettes on the spine. Mottled edges.
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A collection of eight dissertations and one oration, all written by Linnaeus
De simplic...
Monardes, N.
De simplicibus medicamentis ex occidentali India delatis, quorum in medicina usus est. Nicolao Monardis Hispalensi Medico. Interprete Carolo Clusio atrebate. [AND] Simplicium medicamentorum ex nova orbe delatorum, quorum in medicina usus est, historiae liber tertius. Nicolao Monardes Hispalensi Medico: nunc verò primum Latio donatus, & notis illustrarus à Carolo Clusio a.
Antverpiae, Christophor Plantin, 1574-1582. Two works bound in one. 8vo (16.3 x 10.5 cm). 88, [vii] pp., ten wood-engravings in the text of which six page-sized; 47 pp., two text illustrations including one page-sized wood-engraving. Near comtemporary marbled wrappers. In new protective cloth box (18.2 x 12.4 x 1.9 cm) with gilt lettered label on the spine.
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Early contributions to the knowledge of New World medical plants
Neander, J.
Tabacologia, hoc est tabaci, seu Nicotianae descriptio medico-chirurgico-pharmaceutica, vel ejus praeparatio et usus in omnibus ferme corporis humani in commodis.
Lugduni Batavorum (Leyden), Elzevier, 1626. 4to (21.4 x 15.7 cm). Engraved title page, engraved portrait of Neander; [xxxvi], 256, [iii] pp., including nine page-sized engravings (with blank versos, i.e. plates) of tobacco plants, cultivation and curing of tobacco, pipes, etc. Contemporary vellum with script title in an old hand on the spine; slightly later endpapers.
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A very good copy of this rare early monograph on tobacco
Paulli, S.
Quadripartitum botanicum de simplicium medicamentorum facultatibus, in usus medicinae candidatorum, praxin medicam, Deo benedicente, auspicaturorum; nec non artis pharmaceuticus studiosorum concinnatum ex veterum et recentiorum decritis, ac observationibus,cum medicis, tum anatomicis, itemque multis, chymica principia ac humanior a studiaspectantibus, refertum. Additis dosibus purgantium. Magnopere desideratis, ex probatissimis practicis collectis. Una cum appendice & indicibus necessariis. [AND] Continuato appendicis ad opus quadripartitum botanicum. Continens indicem rerum omnium universalem, varium, multiplicem & curiosum, ut & syllabum in opere citatorum auctorum.
Argentorati [Strassbourg], S. Paulli, 1667-1668. Two parts in one. 4to (20.7 x 17.3 cm). Two engraved frontispieces, engraved portrait and one engraving representing his gift to the Danish King, title page in red and black, 62, 690 pp.; title page with engraved vignette, [vii], 59 pp., four engraved plates of which one depicts plants with 14 figures, for a total of eight plates, Contemporary blind boards. Label with title in an old hand on the spine.
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Rare second enlarged edition of Paulli's major work, complete with the addition
Souza da Camara, M. De
Monographia do tabaco.
Lisboa, F. H. Da Costa Monteiro, 1896. Large 4to (29.0 x 22.4 cm). [vi], 320, lxxvi pp., 64 text engravings (one on a large, folded sheet), one folded map. Slightly later half calf over marbled boards. Spine with five raised bands. Compartments bordered with gilt lines, and with gilt title and date. Original printed wrappers bound in.
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Very rare monograph on tobacco printed in a fine script letter, and signed by the author
Die Kultur...
Tichomirow, W. A.
Die Kultur und Gewinnung des Thees auf Ceylon und in China.
St. Petersburg, A. Wienecke, 1892. 8vo (22.3 x 15.1 cm). 113 pp., three photographic plates (one double-sized). Original printed wrappers.
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A very rare work on tea cultures in Ceylon and in China
Flora Nori...
Volckamer, J. C. [AND S. Paulli]
Flora Noribergensis sive catalogus plantarum in agro Noribergensi, tum sponte nascentium quam exoticarum... ac medico praecipue Horto aliquot abhincannis enutritarum... [AND] Commentarius de abusu Tabaci Americanorum in Europe novo, quae ipsissima est Chamaeleagnos Dodonaei... [S. Paulli]
Noribergae, Michaellianis, 1700. 8vo (19.1 x 15.9 cm). [xx], 437, [iii] pp.; 25 engraved plates [AND] Strassburg, S. Paulli, 1681. Engraved title page, [lviii] pp, including dedication leaf with coat of arms, portrait of Paulli, 87, [xii] pp., and two large, double-folded engraved plates, related to the making of tea. Contemporary vellum with script titles in a neat old hand on the spine. Edges speckled red.
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Two rare works combined, including Paulli's early, influential study on the merits and dangers of tobacco and tea