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Natural History by Pliny the Elder, Book II – Leipzig, 1573 – Fine Blind-Stamped Leather Binding, with Coats of ...

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Natural History by Pliny the Elder, Book II – Leipzig, 1573 – Fine Blind-Stamped Leather Binding, with Coats of Arms, by Artist Georg Kammerberger II, Stamped "G.K"
C. Plinji Liber secundus de mundi historia, second book of "Natural History" by Pliny the Elder, by Jacob Milich with additions and comments by Bartholomäus Schönborn. Leipzig: Iohannes Steinman, 1573 (imprint from colophon). Latin.
The second book in the encyclopedic series Natural History by Pliny the Elder (a series of 37 books from the first century A.D. covering topics including geography, agriculture, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, zoology, commerce and art, and containing approx. 20,000 entries). This is an annotated edition by the German mathematician and astronomer Jacob Milich (1501-1559), first printed in 1535, with comments and additions by the German scholar Bartholomäus Schönborn (1530-1585).
The book deals with astronomy and contains various astronomical illustrations and charts (one of them on a folded plate).
The book has a leather-covered wooden binding by artist Georg Kammerberger II (stamped G.T.), a member of the well-known Kammerberger family of binders, who owned a bindery which operated during the 16th-17ht centuries in Wittenberg, Germany. On the front board: a coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire; beneath it, the inscription "Des H. Remi Keisertums Wappen" and the year 1583, and above it, the letters I.H.O. (possibly representing the name of the owner of the book). On the back board: the coat of arms of Augustus, Elector of Saxony and beneath it the inscription "Insignia Et Electo. Saxo".
636 pp. [634, mispagination], [6] leaves + [1] plate. Approx. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Minor stains. A small wormhole to margins of approx. seventy of the last leaves (not affecting text). Holes and small tears to edges of title page and back endpapers. Without front endpapers. Stained binding (a large stain on the lower part of the back board), with blemishes and wear to corners and spine.

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