Auction 71 - The Collection of Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber

Dissertationum Miscellanearum – Collection of Essays by Italian Scholar Biagio Garofalo – Rome, 1718 – Essays Concerning Biblical Medicinal Plants

Opening: $300
Blasii Caryophili Neapolitani, dissertationum miscellanearum pars prima. Rome: Franciscus Gonzaga, 1718. Latin and some Greek, Hebrew and Arabic.
A collection of essays by Italian scholar Biagio Garofalo (1677-1762). Historiated initials.
The book opens with essays about ancient commerce and biblical medicinal plants (hyssop, ricinus, mandrake and rose), quoting Jewish sources and Greek writings. The last essay deals with the portrait of Greek physician Asclepiades of Bithynia and opens with a folding engraved plate by Vincenzo Franceschini (a bust of Asclepiades of Bithynia).
[2] leaves, XVI, 360, [1] pp + [1] engraved plate, 23.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Tears and minor blemishes to margins of some leaves. Leather-covered binding, worn and detached (the boards are detached from the spine).
Biblical Studies, Jewish History and Customs