MANLIUS DEL BOSCO, Johannes Jacobus [et al.] LUMINARE MAIUS. Opus eximium quod Luminare Maius dicitur, Medicis et Aromatariis perquam necessarium. [The greater source of light for Physicians and apothecaries]. Leyden: Printed by Antonio Blanchard for Louis Martin, 1528. Quarto. 1-8, I-LXI,[LXII-LXIV]; I-XXVI; I-XXX [I] ff. This volume contains three separate works. The first, "Luminare Maius." (A Greater Lamp for Physicians," by J.J Manlius del Bosco, contains 11 sections on concocting different forms of medication (pills, unguents, plasters, oils). (8, LXIV ff.). It was first published in Milan, 1494. The second, "Lumen Apothecariorum," ("A Light for Apothecaries") by Quiricus de Augustis of Tortona, (XXVI ff.), intended for the use of pharmacists, was published in Turin in 1492. The third, "Thesaurus Aromaticum," by Paul Suardo (I-XXXI ff., originally Milan, 1496) lists medical substances alphabetically. All three Italian treatises from the 1490s are conveniently gathered here in one book, beautifully printed in the Low Countries. Title page in red and black, with ornamental woodcut border, and framed printer's device of two unicorns. Woodcut capital showing Saint Lawrence, and foliate woodcut capitals throughout. Internally fine, in 19th Century half-morocco showing only a few spots of rubbing. (Wellcome, Books before 1641: 4017, 4018, 6134, 543). Rare.
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