The minutes of the RSM Library Committee meeting held on 16th June 1924 record the special purchase of Dioscorides’ De medica materia libri V., Coloniae, 1529. Dioscorides (fl.AD 54-68) describes over 600 plants in this work which was first printed in Greek in 1499. It has since become the most authoritative source concerning the materia medica of antiquity. The Library Committee minutes draw attention to the fact that this copy “belonged to Andreas Vesalius and has his autograph signature on the title page.” It was bought from John Grant, second-hand bookseller, Edinburgh, for £2.10s.0d.
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