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    Sale 2438 | Lot 140
    Price Realized: $15,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2438 Lot 140

      HONESTIS, CHRISTOPHORUS GEORGIUS DE. Expositio super Antidotario Mesue. [51] (of [52]) leaves; lacks initial blank. Gothic type. Folio, 308x208 mm, old stiff wrappers, spine worn and spotted, front joint restored; light to moderate foxing, occasional toning, scattered early marginalia, wormhole in blank upper inner corner of opening leaves, narrow hole in blank outer margin of e4. Armorial bookplate of Alfred Heales. (Bologna: Henricus de Harlem & Johannes Walbeck, 15 April 1488)

      Estimate $3,000 - 5,000

      Second edition of a late 14th-century commentary on the Antidotarium ascribed to the Baghdad court physician Mesuë the Younger (d. 1015), a popular pharmacopoeia based on Muslim knowledge, "for centuries the standard text-book of pharmacy in the West" (Sarton). Included at the end is a brief tract on the medicinal use and preparation of barley water. The first edition was published less than a month before in Ferrara. Hain-Copinger-Reichling 8798; GW 12937; BMC VI, 831; ISTC ih00320500 (locating multiple copies in Europe, none in North America); Sarton I, 1728, and III, 1679.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $15,000