Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo)

The British Library, London




In this remarkable codex, the artistic genius and botanist Gherardo Cibo (1512-1600) compiled a selection of medical and botanical texts from the Discorsi by the famous physician of Siena Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577), and illustrated them with more than 160 remarkable pictures of plants and landscapes that rank amongst the most beautiful of the Renaissance.

Mattioli’s Discorsi is his Italian translation of DioscoridesDe Materia Medica (1st century AD) with the addition of lengthy commentaries based on his personal experience and on popular and learned medicine. Mattioli’s book was extremely useful for physicians and herbalists not familiar with classical languages.

Gherardo Cibo was an avid reader and admirer of this book by Mattioli. He copied entire passages in neat script, adding his own comments, anecdotes and legends and, more importantly, illustrated them with delicate and lifelike botanical images. His splendid miniatures feature different species of plants standing out in the foreground against the brightly coloured landscapes of their natural habitat.

Gherardo Cibo’s manuscript, with its dazzlingly beautiful miniatures, is an unusual and personal version of Mattioli’s printed work and a highly original artistic contribution to both nascent modern science and the history of botanical and landscape illustrations.
Helleboris viridis or Elleboro nero (Green hellibore) in Mattioli`s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo, Add. Ms. 22332.

In this remarkable codex, the artistic genius and botanist Gherardo Cibo (1512-1600) compiled a selection of medical and botanical texts from the Discorsi by the famous physician of Siena Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577), and illustrated them with more than 160 remarkable pictures of plants and landscapes that rank amongst the most beautiful of the Renaissance.

Mattioli’s Discorsi is his Italian translation of DioscoridesDe Materia Medica (1st century AD) with the addition of lengthy commentaries based on his personal experience and on popular and learned medicine. Mattioli’s book was extremely useful for physicians and herbalists not familiar with classical languages.

Gherardo Cibo was an avid reader and admirer of this book by Mattioli. He copied entire passages in neat script, adding his own comments, anecdotes and legends and, more importantly, illustrated them with delicate and lifelike botanical images. His splendid miniatures feature different species of plants standing out in the foreground against the brightly coloured landscapes of their natural habitat.

Gherardo Cibo’s manuscript, with its dazzlingly beautiful miniatures, is an unusual and personal version of Mattioli’s printed work and a highly original artistic contribution to both nascent modern science and the history of botanical and landscape illustrations.

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Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo)
The British Library, London



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Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo) The British Library, London


✵ Shelf mark: Add. Ms. 22332
✵ Date: c. 1564-1584
✵ Size: 265 x 195 mm
✵ Pages: 370 pages, 168 full-page miniatures
✵ Bound in gold-tooled and stamped black leather
✵ Full-colour commentary volume by Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi (Università di Pisa), Vivian Nutton (University College London), Ramón Morales Valverde (Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid), Elena Artale (National Research Council, Italy) and Peter Kidd (The British Library)

Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited to 987 numbered and authenticated copies


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Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo)
The British Library, London




“Je viens de découvrir Dioscoride : c'est une pure merveille volumineuse. J'ai apprécié un sommaire avec le nom d'espèce par ordre alphabétique : je pense que c'est peu fréquent dans un livre de cette époque. Le collectionneur méditerranéen appréciera l'une des petites scènes qui accompagne le dessin des fleurs : je pense ici à l'olivier avec la scène de ramassage des olives et le transport à dos d'hommes jusqu'au mulet.”.

Jean M. – France



“Arrivato il libro, bellissimo, sono felice di averlo ricevuto!!! Una meraviglia. Una grande gioia averlo tra le mani! Vi ringrazio per il vostro straordinario lavoro, grazie per dare la possibilità a tutti noi di ammirare e sfogliare i capolavori del passato. Grazie per la cura e la passione con la quale lavorate. Al prossimo capolavoro”.

Rosi S. – Italy




Dioscórides de Cibo y Mattioli
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July 29, 2021
DIOSCORIDE
C'EST UN LIVRE MERVEILLEUX, FANTASTIQUE ET BEAU.
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July 09, 2021
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Un ouvrage magnifique, tant par son contenu (le livre d'accompagnement sera le bienvenu) que par sa réalisation. La "boîte-lutrin" est une excellente idée. Merci.
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July 06, 2021
Dioscoride
Très beau facsimile. J'aime le toucher du papier, soyeux, qui rend bien la patine du papier original. Belle idée d'avoir adapté la boîte en présentoir du livre. Cela évite de devoir le mettre à plat et d'abimer la reliure.
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