DU PINET Redoes Mattioli — Pocket-Size & Pretty — ILLUSTRATED
Du Pinet, Antoine. Historia plantarum. Earum imagines, nomenclaturae, qualitates, & natale solum. Accessere simpliciu medicamentorum facultates, secundum locos, & genera ex Dioscoride. Lugduni: apud viduam Gabrielis Coterii, 1567. 16mo (in 8s). 640, 229, [1 (blank)] pp.,  ff.
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Du Pinet, sieur de Noroy (ca.1515 – ca.1584) relied heavily on the work of Pietro Andrea Mattioli for this pocket-size herbal, and, indeed, it is heavily informed by his having translated Mattioli's Commentarii into French prior to bringing out the first edition (1561) of this Latin-language “summary.”
Here in its second edition, the work discusses 636 plants, each one illustrated with a woodcut. Du Pinet provides the name of each plant (often in multiple languages), where it is found, and its properties. Following this presentation is the “Simplicium Medicamentorum” based on the work of Dioscorides.
The volume's title-page offers an architectural woodcut title border and the text uses both roman and italic type.
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