Rare Gemology Book by Anselmus Boetius de Boodt; Gemmarvm Et Lapidum Historia, 3rd edition.
Item Number: Book-67e
Boodt, Anselmus Boëtius de.; Gemmarum Et Lapidum Historia. Quam edidit Anselmus Boetius de Boot, Brugensis, Rudolphi II. Imperatoris Medicus.Postea Adrianus Tollius, Lugd.-Bat., M.D.,..., Tertia Editio longe purgatissima. Cui accedunt Ioannis de Laet, Antvverpiani, De Gemmis & Lapidibus libri II. Et Theophrasti liber De Lapidibus, Gr. & Lat. cum brevibus notis. Lugduni Batavorum, Ex Officina Ioannis Maire. 1647. Octavo, pp. 6, 576, 22 page index, 2 folded tables, numerous woodcuts. Bound in is the work:
Laet, Ioannis de; Ioannis de Laet Antvverpiani De Gemmis Et Lapidibus Libri Duo. Quibus præmittitur Theophrasti Liber de Lapidibus Græce & Latine Cum Brevibus Annotationibus. Lugduni Batavorum. Ex Officina Ioannis Maire. 1647. Octavo, pp. 14, 46, "Theophrasti De Lapidibus."; pp. 1-96, "Liber Primus De Gemmis Pellucidis Et Semipellucidis."; pp. 97-210, "Liber Secudus De Lapidibus."; pp.6, "Index Præcipuarum Rerum Quæ In His Libris Tractantur, several wood cuts with some being full page.
The two works are complete and bound together in the original vellum with a contemporary gilt spine label. The binding is tight with light cover soiling. Early penned note on title page of Boodt work and early restoration to outer margin of first two pages. The text is lightly toned at a few signatures but over all is very clean. In very good condition.
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This is the 1647 reprint of the 1636 Latin edition of Deboodt's work and contains the Latin translation of Theophrastus' Book on Stones by Johann de Laet. The two works are always bound together as issued.
Johan de Laet (1582-1649) was born into a wealthy Belgium family and published important early descriptions of the New World, as well as Spain, Italy, and Persia. He became one of the directors of the famous Compagnie des Indes (Dutch West-Indies Company).