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Hieronymus Bock Kreutterbuch German herbal book Rihel 1577
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Hieronymus Bock Kreutterbuch German herbal book Rihel 1577

Selected herbal book in German by Hieronymus Bock: 'Kreutterbuch, darin underscheidt, Namen und Würckung der Kreutter, Stauden, Hecken unnd Beumen, ...', illustrated with more than 570 old coloured woodcuts, printed by Johann Rihel in Strasbourg, 1577 or 1580.

SIZE:
about h 31.4 cm x w 22.2 cm x d 7.4 cm

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Selected herbal book in German by Hieronymus Bock: 'Kreutterbuch, darin underscheidt, Namen und Würckung der Kreutter, Stauden, Hecken unnd Beumen, ...', illustrated with more than 570 old coloured woodcuts, printed by Johann Rihel in Strasbourg, 1577 or 1580.

AUTHOR:
Hieronymus Bock (1498 - 1554), or Jérôme Bock,
also known under his latinised name Hieronymus Tragus, was a German botanist, physician, and Lutheran priest who began the transition from medieval botany to the modern scientific worldview by arranging plants by their relation or resemblance.

CAPTION:
'Kreutterbuch, darin underscheidt, Namen und Würckung der Kreutter, Stauden, Hecken unnd Beumen sampt ihren Früchten, so inn der Teutschen Landen wachsen, auch der selben eigentlicher unnd wolgegruendter Gebrauch inn der Artzney, fleissig dargeben, Leibs gesundtheit zu fuerdern und zu behalten, sehr nuetzlich und troestlich, bevorab dem Gemeinen und Einfaltigen Mann. Item von den vier Elementen, zamen und wilden Thieren, auch Voeglen und Fischen, Milch, Kaeß, Butter, Honig, Wachß, Zucker, Salz, Brot, Wein, Eßig, Oely, Eyer, Blut, Schmaltz, Unschlit, allerhand Kochkreutter, Specerei und Gewuertz. Auch wie alle Speiß und Dranck, Gefunden und Krancken, dargereicht werden sollen. Alles durch H. Hieronymum Bock, auß langwiriger und gewisser erfahrung, beschriben.'

PRINT:
Strasbourg, Johan Rihel, 1577 or 1580

DESCRIPTION:
edition of the Kreutterbuch (Herbal book) by Hieronymus Bock, published by Johan Rihel in Strasbourg, 1577 or 1580. This work is the first or second edited and extended edition by M. Sebezius with the well known woodcuts, more than 570 old coloured illustrations of plants and figures complete this book. Many initials decorate the text; there furthermore exists a bbok plate by Harry Schraemli.

The first edition of his Kreutterbuch (translated: Herbal book) was published in 1539 without illustrations; his special object was the description of German plants, including their names, characteristics, and medical uses. Instead of following Dioscorides, as was traditional at this time, he developed his own system to classify 700 plants. Bock apparently travelled widely through the German region observing the plants for himself, since he includes ecological and distributional observations.
 
His 1546 published Kreutterbuch was illustrated by the artist David Kandel. Within the circle of wine connoisseurs, Bock is noted for having the first documented use of the modern word Riesling in 1552 when it was mentioned in his Latin herbal.

BINDING:
- modern binding in vellum
- spine with manuscript title

SIZE:
about h 31.4 cm x w 22.2 cm x d 7.4 cm

ILLUSTRATION:
- more than 570 wonderful old-coloured woodcuts

COLLATION:
- 1 blank leaf, new
- 10 leaves foreword
- 5 leaves about distillation
- 5 leaves index
- 4 blank leaves
- 7 leaves index
- 447 instead of 450 leaves content (numbered leaves 1-450, missing 11, 397-398)
- 22 instead of 23 leaves register
- 1 blank leaf new
- Missing: title leaf, portrait and woodcut with coat-of-arm, the leaves 11, 397 and 398 as well as 1 leaf at the end, probably with print mark!

CONDITION:
- age appropriate condition- good till satisfying
Binding:
- some stains, generally good condition
Paper:
- good paper quality
- title leaf added as copy
- partly some (finger)stains, lower corners partly with water stains, some browning
- first 10 leaves more stained
- about 40 leaves with added or repaired margins
- about 10 leaves with laid down tears, partly loss of text or picture
- leaf 12 of the main part and 3 leaves of the register with larger loss

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