Lugduni (Lyon): Antoniom Soubron, 1622. Later edition. Hardcover. 12mo (7 x 4 1/2"). 440, pp (Index) (De iis quae scripta sunt, physice in libris sacris...); 6, , 179, pp (Similitudinum...). Contemporary full vellum. Publisher's vignette on each title page, with first title in red and black lettering. Decorative head-, tailpieces and initials.
- "De iis quae scripta sunt, physice in libris sacris, sive de sacra Philosophia. Liber singularis:" Francisco Vallés (1524-1592) a key author in the medicine of the late Renaissance, offers a number of daring interpretations from the point of view of his rational science - medicine - of the Old and the New Testament. Originally published in 1587, his "De sacra philosophia" circulated widely in Spain and Portugal, as well as in Italy, and was a turning point in Biblical interpretation.
This treatise on scientific knowledge in the Bible is followed by another book on plants and minerals in the Bible:
- "Similitudinum ac Parabolarum, quae in Bibliis ex Herbis atque Arboribus defumuntur, dilucida explicatio : in qua narratione singula loca explanantur, quibus Prophetæ, observata stirpium natura, conciones suas illustrant, divinaque oracula fulciunt:" Originally published in 1568 by Dutch botanist Levinus Lemnius (1505-1568), this is the first comprehensive work on the treatment of all plants in the scriptures. "The purpose of the book was not just an explanation of Bible plants, it also included 'simples,' an archaic term for medicinal plants, "their vertues, qualities, natures, properties, operations and effects" referring to medical usage. In other words, Lemnius had produced a sequel to Theophrastus and, in the tradition of pious natural philosophy, linked it with the scriptures." For more information, see: "A Dictionary of Bible Plants" by Lytton John Musselman.
Binding age-toned, with spine darkened and mostly chipped at upper half. Contemporary previous owner's name at lower margin of first title page (not affecting lettering). Sporadic clear water-staining at upper and lower margin of pages throughout. Minor and sporadic foxing and age-toning throughout. Text in Latin. Binding in fair, interior in good to good+ condition. f to g+. Item #44198