This is more than a Rare book find. This book was
printed in the year 1534. We
are told that it is in the Gothic Alphabet. At first glance it appears to
be German, but we were told it is Gothic. The binding could be original,
and its condition looks about the same as you would if you were 475 years old.
(Seriously) It is wood, and the end has some type of cloth and that was covered
with an animal skin, or hide. The hide seems to have had a coating on it.
There are animal skin hinges. The front wood of the book split as you can
see, and someone has taken some cardboard like paper and stapled it on the
inside of the cover but it didn't hold the two pieces. On that paper some
one has put the year 1902 then minus 1534, to figure that at that time (probably
of their purchase) it was 368 years old. There are rawhide strips that appear
to be a way of tying the book close maybe when in transit.
Inside this book there are a number of hand written "Notes ".
These notes are in a non-English language. They look like someone was studying
this book; perhaps a student or perhaps someone used its information in their
profession. There are illustrations throughout the book and probably the same
person that made the notes, also hand colored some of the illustrations. It
appears that they used watercolor paint type material. It looks sad but it is
actually pretty much all there. Looks like that fact that the cover was broken
and open, the top papers are not in great shape. But there is very little loss
to the printed material. Of course this can be re-furbished, and it may be best
The subject matter seems to be an illustrated piece on Herbs, Plants, and some
Flowers. Some parts of this book resemble a Catalog, or at least
reference material. So this can be one of the oldest educational reference
books on these subjects, and someone can now compare today's information and
possibly see the evolution of information. Possibly there are now extinct
species that we didn't know existed.
As you can see this book is not in perfect condition, so we
will be auctioning it in “As Is”
condition. No warranty, no return.
What we have written
here is what we think about this book, and please understand that we may not be
correct in our descriptions. Gothic
Alphabet for example.
(A side note about printing in that time of history.
The history of the oldest press in the world, a history that extends from the
sixteenth century to the present day. Although there was, briefly, a press at
Cambridge University in the early 1520s, the origins of the modern University
Press spring from a charter granted to the University by Henry VIII in 1534, to
provide for printers who would be able to work outside London and serve the
University) This book may have had nothing to do with London, but it show
that another area of the world was also printing with a press. Surely the type
was all hand set and this must have taken a very long time to set up the print
and illustrations for this book.)
It is 12” x 9”