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De historia plantarum et De causis plantarum
Italy, 1523-1534
MS M.118 fol. 5r

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Initial P enclosing portrait bust of Theophrastus, wearing pointed hat and holding book.
Margins with bianchi giari (white-vine) ornament, inhabited by birds, insect, rabbits, and putti. In medallion in right margin in profile portrait bust of Theodorus Gaza (?). In lower margin is escutcheon with arms of Pope Clement VII.

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