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Liber de Proprietatibus Rerum
Gothic type, 52 lines & headline to the page, double columns. Rubricated initials. 258 leaves, including the final blank. Small thick folio (277 x 200 mm.), cont. goatskin over wooden boards (minor wear & defects to binding which is a little wormed, single wormhole through text of first 25 leaves), panelled in blind, cont. paper label with author & title on upper cover, orig. clasps & catches (clasps repaired). Strasbourg: [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner), 11 August] 1491. Eleventh edition of the first important encyclopedia of the Middle Ages; "still important for its information on political geography and its accounts of natural history."-Stillwell, The Awakening Interest in Science during the First Century of Printing 1450-1550, p. 186. This encyclopedia was immensely popular for more than three centuries. Divided into nineteen books, the contents are as follows: "(1) God; (2) angels and demons; (3) psychology; (4-5) physiology; (6) family life, domestic economy; (7) medicine; (8) cosmology, astrology; (9) time divisions; (10) form and matter, elements; (11) air, meteorology; (12) flying creatures; (13) waters and fishes, dolphins, whales; (14) physical geography; (15) political geography, (in 175 chapters; this contains a number of interesting remarks, notes on economic geography, etc.); (16) gems, minerals, metals; (17) trees and herbs; (18) animals; (19) color, odor, savor; food and drink, eggs; weights and measures; musical instruments."-Sarton, II, p. 586. "Book 16 contains 104 short chapters on as many mineral substances as earths, stone, ores, metals, salts, etc., as well as gemstones, the latter often given names that now defy identification of the materials concerned. Gemstones are alabaster, adamante, amethyst, agate, alabandina, beryl, carbuncle, chrysoprase, chalcedony, chrysolite, rock crystal, coral carnelian, hematite, heliotrope, jet, jasper, hyacinth, pearl, marble, onyx, opal, prase, sapphire, emerald, sard, sardonyx, topaz, turquoise; very brief descriptions with comments on curious or medicinal lore associated with each."-Sinkankas, Gemology, p. 70. Bartholomew (fl. 13th cent.), studied at Oxford, Paris, and Magdeburg. Very good copy, preserved in a box. This copy has extensive marginalia in a calligraphic hand in Books III-V and occasionally elsewhere by the writer who recorded his ownership on the inside front cover at Beyharting in 1551. ? BMC, I, 142. GKW 3412. Goff B-140. Klebs 149.11. Thorndike, II, pp. 401-35.
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