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REISCH, GREGOR. Margarita philosophica. 23 full-page woodcut illustrations; woodcut text illustrations, diagrams, and music examples; printer's full-page woodcut device at end; 2 folding woodcut musical diagrams (the second backed with linen); folding woodcut Ptolemaic world map (loose, backed with linen, with soiling in outer margins and slight discoloration at bottom of vertical creases).  (of ) leaves, including woodcut title (loose); lacks final blank. Rubricated. 4to, contemporary calf over wooden boards with single brass catch and clasp and with vellum pastedowns from early Hebrew manuscript, rebacked with morocco in the 19th-century, covers detached; some light marginal soiling and dampstaining, genitalia of Astrological Man inked out on p3r, portion of lower margin of F2 torn out affecting bottom line of text on recto and bottom of female anatomical illustration on verso. (Freiburg im Breisgau: Johann Schott, 1503)
first edition of an encyclopedic compendium of natural and moral philosophy in dialogue form for students, covering Latin grammar, dialectics, rhetoric, arithmetic, music, geometry, astronomy, physics, natural history, physiology, psychology, and ethics. Alden 503/6; Shirley 22(1); Smith, Rara Arithmetica, pages 82-83 ("the first modern encyclopedia").
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