San Francisco: Printed by Lawton Kennedy for The Book Club of California, 1957. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. One of 300 copies, folio size, 47 pp., original leaf from 1499 tipped in, with prospectus. Near fine. Item #CNBR164
We cannot say it better than the author in her opening statement: "When Eve trod the pleasant paths of Paradise, she loved its plants and flowers for their beauty and fragrance alone. Her less happy descendants, however, plagued by aches and pains incident to mortality, regarded the surrounding flora with a more appraising eye. Their interest was utilitarian; they believed that in nature lay a remedy for their disorders, and they looked on plants as a means of alleviating their ills". A notable book from The Book Club of California, their ninety-sixth publication, with an original leaf from the 1499 "Hortus Sanitatis" printed by Johann Pruss tipped in. The two books discussed herein represented the early science of botany and medicine, with hundreds of marvelous woodcuts illustrating the herbage. Both are discussed in spirited detail in the introductory essay by Ellen Shaffer, Rare Book Librarian of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and a long-time student of medieval books. The tipped-in leaf ("Capitulum lvii, lviii") has two of those woodcuts, and it also represents a fine example of incunabula printing.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter linen and mulberry paper boards, lettering in black to backstrip, illustration of "the female mandrake" to upper board in red, title in red, green and black, heading of introduction and text in red, forty-five reproductions of woodcuts, of which three are full-page (including frontis); Estienne linotype, machine made paper, folio size (13.25" by 9.25"), pagination: [i-vi] [1-3] 4-41, limited first edition leaf book, with original prospectus slipped in.
___CONDITION: A near fine copy, the covers clean and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; fine except for a strip of sun-toning at the head of both boards, the prospectus fine with only original folds.
___CITATION: BCC publication no. 96.
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