Title: Les commentaires de M. Pierre Andre Matthioli medecin senoys: sur les six livres des Simples de Pedacius Dioscoride Anazarbeen. Traduit de latin en francois. Avec une table medicinale extraite d'iceux, des remedes de toutes les maladies qui peuvent advenir au corps humain, tant en general qu'en particulier. Seconde impression, reueue & augmentee de nouveau, 1566
Author: Pietro Andrea Mattioli
Publisher: Lyon, La vefve Gabriel Cotier
The second French edition of Andrea Mattioli’s renowned medical botany work, first published in Italian in 1544, and in France around 1561. Although Mattioli wrote on a range of subjects, and published translations of non-medical works, he is most celebrated for his work on botany and medicine, and of these works his best known are his translations of, and commentaries on, Dioscorides' De Materia Medica.
This edition is filled with hundreds of small woodcuts varying from different plants various animals and human settlements. Nearly all of the engravings have been colored by an early hand, likely dating to the 17th century, with a rich medley of hues throughout, although there is a heavy degree of shades of green for plants.
A manuscript page of the missing repertory of remedies proposed by Mattioli has been partially replaced by a handwritten manuscript page by the binder at the time.
One volume in folio, (60)+538+(24) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in poor shape, with heavy wear and rubbing to the binding, and the back board having fully detatched, with the front board only hanging on by several threads. The spine has also peeled away heavily. The title page and first page are missing as well, although the following leaf containing the incipit of the dedicatory epistle of Antoine du Pinot de Noroy has been restored, with the loss of part of the title on the recto, on the verso of a few words of text. A portion of the text and woodcuts from pages 189-190 is lacking, with repairs to the page itself. There are signs of repair throughout, notably from pages 204 to 227. There is foxing and staining throughout.