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Auction archive: Lot number 170

ACOSTA, Cristoval (1512-1580) and ORTA, Garcia da (c. 1500-1568). Tractado de las drogas, y medicinas de las Indias Orientales, con sus plantas debuxadas al bivo. Burgos: Martin de Victoria, 1578.

Estimate
US$5,000 - US$8,000
Price realised:
US$8,750
Auction archive: Lot number 170

ACOSTA, Cristoval (1512-1580) and ORTA, Garcia da (c. 1500-1568). Tractado de las drogas, y medicinas de las Indias Orientales, con sus plantas debuxadas al bivo. Burgos: Martin de Victoria, 1578.

Estimate
US$5,000 - US$8,000
Price realised:
US$8,750
Beschreibung:

ACOSTA, Cristoval (1512-1580) and ORTA, Garcia da (c. 1500-1568). Tractado de las drogas, y medicinas de las Indias Orientales, con sus plantas debuxadas al bivo. Burgos: Martin de Victoria, 1578. The first edition of an influential work by the Portuguese physician and naturalist Cristoval Acosta . It is an extended version of Garcia da Orta's important record of Indian plants and tropical medicine, first published at Goa in 1563. Acosta and Orta met in Goa where they both studied the indigenous flora and medicine. Acosta's enlargement “clearly surpasses the earlier work in its systematic, first-hand observations of both East and West Indian plants and its illustrations after Acosta's own accurate drawings" (Norman 1). Among the Asian plants illustrated are cinnamon, mango, tamarind, pepper, nutmeg, ginger, cardomom, pineapple, sugar cane and the rubber tree. Alden-Landis 587/19; Blunt-Rahael pp.145-48; Garrison-Morton 1819; Hunt 130; NLM/Durling 1064; Pritzel 13; Stafleu-Cowan 23. Octavo (182 x 132mm). Woodcut title border incorporating arms of Burgos, woodcut portrait of Acosta, and 41 full-page woodcut illustrations of New World plants, 2 full-page woodcuts of elephants, 3 smaller illustrations of plants, historiated woodcut initials (upper blank margin of title renewed, some headlines shaved, some browning). Contemporary vellum (ties renewed). Provenance : Exeter Cathedral Library (bookplate dated 1749) – Clement R. Markham (1830-1916, explorer; signature) – Cornelius J. Hauck (1893-1967).

Auction archive: Lot number 170
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2017
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
Beschreibung:

ACOSTA, Cristoval (1512-1580) and ORTA, Garcia da (c. 1500-1568). Tractado de las drogas, y medicinas de las Indias Orientales, con sus plantas debuxadas al bivo. Burgos: Martin de Victoria, 1578. The first edition of an influential work by the Portuguese physician and naturalist Cristoval Acosta . It is an extended version of Garcia da Orta's important record of Indian plants and tropical medicine, first published at Goa in 1563. Acosta and Orta met in Goa where they both studied the indigenous flora and medicine. Acosta's enlargement “clearly surpasses the earlier work in its systematic, first-hand observations of both East and West Indian plants and its illustrations after Acosta's own accurate drawings" (Norman 1). Among the Asian plants illustrated are cinnamon, mango, tamarind, pepper, nutmeg, ginger, cardomom, pineapple, sugar cane and the rubber tree. Alden-Landis 587/19; Blunt-Rahael pp.145-48; Garrison-Morton 1819; Hunt 130; NLM/Durling 1064; Pritzel 13; Stafleu-Cowan 23. Octavo (182 x 132mm). Woodcut title border incorporating arms of Burgos, woodcut portrait of Acosta, and 41 full-page woodcut illustrations of New World plants, 2 full-page woodcuts of elephants, 3 smaller illustrations of plants, historiated woodcut initials (upper blank margin of title renewed, some headlines shaved, some browning). Contemporary vellum (ties renewed). Provenance : Exeter Cathedral Library (bookplate dated 1749) – Clement R. Markham (1830-1916, explorer; signature) – Cornelius J. Hauck (1893-1967).

Auction archive: Lot number 170
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2017
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
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