Kurtzes Handtbuchlein und Experiment vieler Artzneyen, durch den gantzen Corper des Menschens, von dem Haupt biss auff die Fuss. Walter Hermann Ryff, Quintos Apollonaris.

Kurtzes Handtbuchlein und Experiment vieler Artzneyen, durch den gantzen Corper des Menschens, von dem Haupt biss auff die Fuss.

Strassburg: Rihel, 1599. Hardcover. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #49231
ISBN: B000ZZTUTW

Decorative stamped pigskin over boards. 10cm x 16 cm. 215 leaves plus 11 leaves index probably missing a leaf of the index. An attractive herbal with many hand colored woodcuts. Born Gualtherus Rivius, Walter Hermann Ryff was trained as an apothecary's apprentice in Mecklenburg before he became municipal physician of Strasbourg. Well known as a compiler and plagiarist he popularized many scientific works. His name is associated with more titles and subjects (distilling, anatomy, surgery, architecture, mathematics, dentistry, domestic medicine and cookery) than one human could have possibly have authored. As a distributor of knowledge to the masses he deserves more credit than he has received in the past. He greatly facilitated the transfer of what was then specialized or 'secret' knowledge to the growing number of lay people or scholars who were outside that trade. He was a prolific editor and one of the greatest titles he brought out was the first German edition of Vitruvius. One citation reports that his general deportment was so unsavory that he had great difficulty remaining for long in any particular community. All 16th century editions of this herbal are rare. Pigskin binding in good condition with two metal clasps incomplete and corresponding leather straps broken.

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