Rare middle ages incunabula herbarium, Le Grant Herbier en Francois, printed in Paris by Pierre Le Caron about 1498 with medieval engraving prints. Rather than a botanical treatise in the modern sense of the term, The Grant Herbarium is a medieval pharmacopoeia illustrated with gothic woodcuts which lists a large number of plants with the main aim to make known the medicinal properties. It is a compilation from various sources, including Arabic science (Avicenne and Rhazes). But the core of the Grant Herbarium is composed by the french version of the Tractatus de Herbis from the XIVth century attributed to Bartholomaeus Mino de Senis, who took up himself, by increasing various inputs, a treatise from the mid-12th century Circa instans attributed to the doctor Salerno Matthaeus Platearius.
The book is a folio (246 x176 mm), printing in two columns of 43 lines, illustrated with:
- 306 woodcuts 70 x 60 mm representing plants, herbs, fruits and animals. They are printed in the text.
- A full-page woodcut on the reverse of the title sheet, representing a holy doctor on a chair presenting his book to four disciples standing.
Pierre Le Caron is a bookseller printer who practiced in Paris around 1489 to 1500. At the time of the printing of this incunabulum, he was installed rue de la Juiverie with the sign of the Rose and the Palace. On the title page there is his mark: a shield with his P.C. initials and, in support, an eagle and a lion in the middle of a park surrounded by crenellated walls with the word Franboys.
Really good condition of the pages. Really used medieval book binding