Gart der Gesundheit.

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PML 25978
Uniform title: 
Hortus sanitatis. German. 1485.
Czu Mencz gedruckt : [Peter Schoeffer], xxviii dage des mercz. Anno. M.cccc.lxxxv [28 March 1485].
[360] leaves ; 30 cm (fol.)
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Purchased in 1928.

BSB-Ink attributes authorship to Johann Wonnecke.
Title from ISTC.
Colophon in red, with device (leaf [45]/7v): "Disser herbarius ist czu mencz gedruckt und geendet dem xxviii dage des mercz. Anno. M.cccc.lxxxv." [Printer's mark]
Printed in Schoeffer's types 7:149G, 8:93G, and 9:149G.
Collation: [1-45⁸]: 360 leaves, leaf [45]/8 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio.
Woodcuts after illustrations by Erhard Reuwich.
Commissioned by Bernhard von Breydenbach.
Edited by Johannes von Cuba.
Full-page woodcut on leaf [1]/1v of 13 men under a bower.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 28.5 x 21 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: [45]/8 (blank), and has leaf [45]/1r (index) replaced from another copy, with capital strokes and manuscript plant names.
PML copy has some staining along bottom edge in first few quires.

15th-century blind-tooled leather over partially-bevelled wooden boards (29.7 x 22.5 cm) on 3 double bands by the Medingen Dominican cloister workshop near Augsburg (EBDB w002366); repaired by Duprez Lahey. 2 clasps, wanting; catchplates (2.7 x 1.7 cm) stamped "maria." Kite-shaped corner bosses, with raised foliage and inscription around outer edge, "TVOT." Contemporary plain paper pastedowns. Modern (eighteenth/nineteenth-century?) shelf label on top board, "Incun. 2."

Hand decoration: Rubricated, red lombards, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining; hand-colored woodcuts. Annotations: A few marginal annotations throughout. Symbol inscribed to armorial in woodcut (leaf [1]/1v): Lambda with 2 crossed swords (Walther?).

Marx Walther (of Augsburg, 1456-1511?), signature and purchase inscription: "das büch gestat 4 kreicer minde' 1 glos'," [i.e. "4 kreuzer less 1 groschen"] (front pastedown)--but looks like slightly different inks; Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased from Lathrop C. Harper, 1928.