Das půch der natur.

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Accession number: 
PML 136
Konrad, von Megenberg, 1309-1374.
Augsburg : Johann Bämler, 30 Oct. [14]75.
[294] leaves : illus. (woodcuts) ; 30 cm. (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, before 1906.

Title from incipit (leaf [2]/2r): Hÿe nach volget das půch der natur...
Colophon (leaf [32]/6r): Hie endet sich das bůch der natur. Das hat getruckt un[d] volpracht hanns Bämler zů Augspurg An möntag vor aller heÿligen tag Anno [etc] in dem .lxxv. jar. Deo gracias.
Printed in Bämler's types 1:140G and 2:138G.
Collation: [1²; 2¹² 3-9¹⁰ 10⁸ 11⁶ 12-14¹⁰ 15-17⁸ 18-26¹⁰ 27-28⁸ 29-30¹⁰ 31-32⁸]: 294 leaves, leaves [32]/7-8 blank. Variant collation in GW; BMC places Register (quire [1]) last.
Paper format: Chancery folio
12 full-page woodcuts.
Incipit printed in red.
Colophon is printed in blind but left justified with text block.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 29 x 20 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: leaf [32]/8 (blank), perhaps used as rear pastedown. Staining to margins, affecting some text.
PML 135 (another copy) was deaccessioned in 1926 and donated by J.P. Morgan to Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, 12 May 1926 (see annotated Bennett cat.)

Contemporary blind-stamped calf over wooden boards (30 x 21 cm.), sewn on 3 supports by the Wappen-Meister bindery in Augsburg (EBDB w002368/Kyriss 74), active ca. 1467-1476. Contemporary plain paper pastedowns and fly leaves; plain endbands.
Variant Title: 

Buch der Natur.


Hand decoration: Woodcuts and some printed initials hand colored. Annotations: No notations in text.

Unidentified shelf mark: CXXXIII. b1. (front pastedown); unidentified engraved bookplate: lily in a round urn with a Greek motto on a scroll above, scroll below urn (with name?) abraded (front pastedown); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased from Bernard Quaritch, before 1906.