De Venenis Libri duo. Gallice primum ab eo scripti et a multis hactenus Latini desiderati et nunc tandem opera et Hieremiae Martij Augustanae Reipublicae Medici, in Latinum sermonem, summa fide & diligantia in rei medicae studiosorum utilitatem atque commodum conuersi. Quibus adiunctus est preaterea eiusdem auctoris de Antimonio tractatus, eodem interprete, una cum rerum memorabilium, praecipue ad operis calcem, indice.
Item ID 9988
Antverpiae, Christophor Plantin, 1571. 8vo (21.0 x 14.3 cm). Title page with engraved vignette. [xviii], 332, [xi] pp.; 92 woodcuts in the text. Original vellum. Title written in ink in an old hand on the spine. First Latin edition of this early book on poisonous animals and plants, especially important because it contains early descriptions and depictions of poisonous snakes and spiders. A long poem by Nikandros on these subjects appears at the end. Deals with poisonous fishes, insects, snakes, frogs, plants, and mushrooms. On pp. 58-95 different snakes are discussed: this section has 12 fine large woodcuts of different snakes in the text. Furthermore, lizards, salamanders and frogs are discussed and illustrated with another five woodcuts. Numerous annotations in an old hand - especially to the poem by Nikandros - including inscriptions dated 1700 on the title and verso. Some small marginal repairs; in the front and rear a rather faint water stain and a few spots in the margins. The woodcuts have a strong impression. A good copy. Nissen ZBI, 1713. Early work on poisonous animals and plants including a great deal on herpetology