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America.- Monardes (Nicolas) Joyfull Newes out of the newfound world, wherein are declared the rare and singular vertues of divers and sundrie Herbs, Trees, Oyles, Plants, & Stones, second edition in English, collation: *4, A-2Y4, 2Z2 (lacking initial blank), largely printed in black letter, title and one divisional title within woodcut typographic border, woodcut initials and illustrations, *4 with marginal repairs, occasional marginal pepperpot worming, a few early ink annotations, some light staining, early 20th century dark green crushed morocco by Riviere & Son, g.e., inner gilt dentelles, [STC 18006; Sabin 49945; Pritzel 6366; Hunt 137], small 4to, Imprinted at London, in Paules Churchyard at the signe of the Quenes Armes, by William Norton, 1580.

⁂ Lovely copy of the scarce second English edition, the first of which was published three years earlier. Monardes "was the first physician to write of the vegetable poison curare, and his lengthy description of an even more famous American plant introduced to Europe the name 'tabaco' and 'nicotain'..." (Norman). The opening sentence mentions Christopher Columbus; there are also descriptions of the cultivation of quinine, cassava, rhubarb and ginger. This copy has the uncorrected state of f.163 v with catchword "the".

Provenance: Percival Willughby (ink name at foot of title), presumably Sir Percival Willoughby, MP, landowner and entrepreneur who invested in the Newfoundland Company, sending one of his sons there to explore the mining potential.

Rothamsted acquisition date 1949.

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America.- Monardes (Nicolas) Joyfull Newes out of the

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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