Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1567.
First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good Condition. Item #CAT000495
18th century mottled sheep, marbled endpapers added, gilt spine with raised bands, a bit of worming to spine ends. Occasional light age toning to pages, a few minor stains, old marks to title page, light dampstain to top of last dozen or so pages, small hole in margin of one index leaf; an attractive copy. 250, (10)pp with errata and colophon leaf at rear. Palau 315, Adams O 319, Brunet IV 241.
First published in 1563 in Portuguese in Goa as "Colóquios dos simples e drogas da India" written as a dialog, the Plantin edition was translated into Latin by Carolus Clusius and simplified, the dialog format dropped, and 16 illustrations added. It is the first European description of many Indian spices and herbs used as medicine, he describes: ginger, tamarind, spikenard, bezoars, cubebs, bananas, melegueta pepper, long pepper, black pepper, cashew, opium, rhubarb, cannabis (the first Western mention of it) and licorice among many others.
First Latin Edition. Size: 8vo. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; Botany; Science & Technology. Inventory No: CAT000495.