L'Obel, Matthias de


[Stirpium adversaria nova]

Nova stirpium adversaria: perfacilis vestigatio, luculentaque accessio ad priscorum, praesertim Dioscoridis, & recentiorum, materiam medicam.

Quibus accessit appendix cum indice variarum linguarum locupletissimo; Eodem M. de Lobel auctore; additis Gvillielmi Rondelletii aliquot remediorum formulis, nunquam antehac in lucem editis. Antverpiae: Apud Christophorum Plantinum, 1576. Made up from copies of the first issue (London: T. Purfoot, 1570-1571) purchased by Plantin and issued with a new title page and additional material. Additional woodcuts of plants, printed on slips (some with text) are found with p. 11 and 150. The illustrations on p. 252 and 400 are mounted on the space left vacant for them. "Formulae aliquot remediorum Guillielmi Rondelletii:" 15 p. References: Hunt 127; Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. 115. With: Plantarum seu stirpium historia; Matthiae de Lobel Insulani. Antverpiae: Ex officina Christophori Plantini, 1576.

L'Obel was at one time the head of Lord Zouch's physic garden at Hackney.  Later he became William the Silent's personal physician, and following the assassination of the great Dutch liberator, l'Obel lived for a while in Antwerp.  He returned to England for the last years of his life, where in 1607 he was appointed 'Botanicus Regius' to King James I.  This work uses printed margin notes which give references to other authors, such as Dodoens and Mattioli.  Plant names are given in many languages, including not only Latin and Greek, but French, German, Dutch, etc.  There is a complete index to all the plants discussed.  Further notes on this work may be found under PAT-132.

Subjects: Pre-Linnean works; Medicine.


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