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Libellus de Natura Animalium
John Irving Davis
London: Dawson's of Pall Mall, 1958

A 16th century printed text that was ascribed to Albertus Magnus. Reproduced in facsimile with an introduction by J. I. Davis.

"The chief aim in publishing this facsimile ... is to reproduce a woodcut book which is not only very rare, but artistically unique. ... Although its authorship is attributed by Sander to Albertus Magnus... it is clear that he had nothing to do with its composition. ... The 'Libellus' was printed between 1508 and 1512 by Vincenzo Berruerio in the smal Piedmontese town of Mondovi, where the earliest book published in Piedmont was printed in 1472. ... To say that only so many copies of a rare book are known is always dangerous, but after the fullest research it appears that apart form this one which I was fortunate enough to acquire some years ago, there are but three other copies surviving: those in the National Library, Turin; the Bodleian Library, Oxford; and the one in the possession of Mr. Philip Hofer, New York..." - Davis

3 p. introduction, 64 p. facsimile. Illustrated with woodcut pictures.

Language: English

LCCN: 59023629; LC: PA8275.L5 1958; DDC: 398.4; OCLC: 2785822
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