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Boorde, Andrew (1490?-1549) The Breviary of Healthe, for All Maner of Sickenesses and Diseases the which may be in man or woman, doth f

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July 20, 2018 12:00PM


Boorde, Andrew (1490?-1549) The Breviary of Healthe, for All Maner of Sickenesses and Diseases the which may be in man or woman, doth folowe. London: Imprynted in Fletestrete at the synge of the George next to saynt Dunstone's Church by Wyllyam Powell, 1552. Second edition of one of the earliest English books on diet, quarto, title printed within woodcut compartment, full-page woodcut on verso of title, text in black letter, woodcut initials, rebound in full crushed brown morocco, neatly resewn without being washed or trimmed, corners of final two leaves mended, ex libris Sir Robert Throckmorton, with his engraved bookplate pasted inside the front board, housed in a custom box, 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.

"Boorde's Breviary contains a mine of folk-lore, old proverbs, old-fashioned remedies which still survive, forgotten elements of diet, obsolete customs, and much positive information concerning the inner habits of the nation." (Osler)

"Besides describing traditional varieties of mental illness, Boorde separated as 'Demoniackes' a group of violent or suicidal patients who might need exorcism over and above the standard remedies of 'madnes.' It is interesting that he classed separately as 'frantickness' the toxic delirium due to herbane (hyoscyamus) since at the present time hallucinogens and fantasticants, both natural and synthetic, are receiving much attention in psychiatric research." (Hunter & MacAlpine)

A-Q8 (Q8 blank & present), R8, B-C8, D4.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

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Robert Throckmorton, Andrew Boorde, Bookplate, Carthusians, European people, John Millington Synge, Throckmorton, London