May 08, 2018

De Symmetria by Albrecht Durer

We'll take a brief hiatus from the Herbal Collection of the Cleveland Medical Library Association, housed in the Allen Memorial Medical Library, to look at De Symmetria partium in rectis formis humanorum corporum libri, by Albrecht Durer, from 1532. This is the first edition of the Latin translation of the work (from German). De Symmetria uses the original wood blocks from the earlier printings for this translation. It is a folio in sixes, with chainlines and several different watermarks.

"De Symmetria by Albrecht Durer"

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May 02, 2018

Herbarius Latinus

The sixth book in the Herbal Collection of the Allen Memorial Medical Library, and the second book in the Marshall Collection, is the 1484 edition of Herbarius Latinus.

The author is not known. As noted in Johnston's work on the Cleveland Herbal Collection, the CMLA edition is bound in dark brown calf with with raised bands and clasps (missing).

The cover is blind tooled with a panel design with a double line fillet. The outer panel is filled with a blind ornamental stamping of a plant in each corner with a scroll in between each corner, what Johnston refers to as a "ribbon rolls" each roll "inscribed christus". The middle panel is a mixture of both the ornamental plants and the rolls. There is some imbalance in the cover design, with four rolls in the outer panel at the bottom--within the frame of the panel--and five at the top, with one roll "breaking" the frame. The cover is worm eaten and gouged in places.

The interior is something to behold. Inside the front board is what Johnston describes as the "Armorial bookplate of the castle of Oels in Silesia". In addition, there are various enumerations, possibly cataloging, and a two paragraph statement in Latin.

The title page is equally interesting with what Johnston names as "one of earliest works to have a title page". The title is presented in Gothic font with the red printer's mark of Fust and Schoeffer (widely believed to have stolen Gutenberg's press and equipment out from under him). Additionally, there is a purple stamp of which Johnston writes "duplicate stamp of the Royal Library at Dresden." There is also an inscription "Sum Francisci Eyssagk, Monasterii Schweydnitzer."

On the verso of the title page, in red and green, is the "arms of Bernardinus von Berge". Johnston makes no mention of the title page having been ripped in half, with the lower half missing and replaced.

"Herbarius Latinus"

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May 01, 2018

De Medicina

The second book in the Herbal Collection of the Allen Memorial Medical Library, and the first book in the Marshall Collection, is the 1481 edition of De Medicina by Aulus Cornelius Celsus.

"De Medicina"

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