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Cholera Epidemics in the 19th Century

The Great Plague of London, 1665

The Boston Smallpox Epidemic, 1721

“Pestilence” and the Printed Books of the Late 15th Century

Spanish Influenza in North America, 1918–1919

Syphilis, 1494–1923

Tropical Diseases and the Construction of the Panama Canal, 1904–1914

Tuberculosis in Europe and North America, 1800–1922

The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793

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Ortus sanitatis
Hortus sanitatis
P. H., former owner.
F. W., former owner.
Meydenbach, Jacob, active 1491-1495
Ashburner, Walter, 1864-1936, former owner.
Nottelius, Nicolaus, active 1574, former owner.
Erberg, former owner.
Barnard, P. Mordaunt (Percy Mordaunt), 1868-1941, bookseller.
Friedrich Wilhelm, Elector of Brandenburg, 1620-1688, former owner.
Meydenbach, Jakob, active 15th century, printer.
Art ancien S.A, former owner.
Königliche Bibliothek zu Berlin, former owner.
H. W. Taeuber Antiquariat, former owner,
HOLLIS IDDigital ObjectLocation
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

Houghton Library

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Networked Resource

Arnold Arboretum Herbarium
Place of Origin
Jacob Meydenbach
[908] p. (first two and last two pages blank) : ill. ; 31 cm. (fol.)


Early works.



RS64 .H82 1491

WZ 230 H824 1491

Film 48-54 no. 2
Urine ;  Plants, Medicinal ;  Phytotherapy ;  Minerals ;  Materia Medica ;  Animals ;  Botany ;  Natural history -- Pre-Linnean works ;  Botany -- Pre-Linnean works ;  Materia medica -- Early works to 1800 ;  Medicine, Medieval ;  Urine -- Early works to 1800 ;  Botany, Medical -- Early works to 1800 ;  Herbs -- Therapeutic use -- Early works to 1800 ;  Herbals ;  Botany, Medical ;  Herbs ;  Incunabula -- Specimens ;  GermanyMainz

Humoral Theory

Medical Education and Practice


Images in Books

Early Printed Books

Tractatus De herbis (A2v-m8r) -- Tractatus De animalibus vitam in terris ducentium (n1r-t8v) -- Tractatus De auibus (v1r-[et]8r) -- Tractatus De piscibus ([et]8v-ee2r) -- Tractatus De lapidibus (ee2v-ll6v) -- Tractatus De vrinis (chi1r-2chi6r) -- Tabula (²A1r-D5r) -- Tabula generalis (²D5v-E5v).

Imprint from colophon.

Colophon (p. [906]): ... Quem quidem librum omni dilige[n]tia collectum [et] elaboratum, intelligibili caractere proprijs impensis Iacobus meydenbach ciuis Moguntinus lucule[n]tissime impressit ... Impressum est autem hoc ip[su]m in inclita ciuitate Moguntina ... in qua nobilissima ciuitate [et] ars ac scientia hec subtilissima caracterisandi seu imprimendi fuit primu[m] inuenta ... Anno salutis Millesimo Quadringentesimo Nonagesimo primo, Die vero Iouis vicesima tercia mensis Iunij.

Signatures: A-C⁸ D-Z⁶·⁸ a-m⁶·⁸ n-y⁸·⁶ z⁸ [et]⁸ aa-hh⁶·⁸ ii-ll⁶ chi⁸ 2chi⁶ ²A⁸ ²B-D⁶ ²E⁶(-²E6, blank); m1-4 signed 'Mj', 'Mij', 'Miij', 'Miiij', v2-3 signed 'vj', 'vij', 2chi1-3 signed 'v', 'vj', vij'.

The headline on leaf A2r varies: some copies read "pñtis", others read "pũtis".

Xylographic title-page; 7 full-page woodcuts (1 preceding each section); nearly 1,100 woodcut ill. in text.

De animalibus, De avibus, and De urinis have divisional title-pages.

Text in double columns.

Initial spaces, some with guide-letters.

Includes index.

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