Lagographia. Natura leporum, qua prisci autores et recentiores prodidere quidve utilitatis in re medica ab isto quadrupede percipiatur. Liber singularis.

Autore: WALDUNG, Wolfgang (1555-1621)

Tipografo: Johann Schönfeld

Dati tipografici: Amberg, 1619

Formato: in quarto

4to (189x135 mm); contemporary full calf (worn and rubbed, front hinge and top of the spine repaired); 82 [i.e. 91], (5) pp. Numerous errors in pagination. With 8 woodcut illustrations in the text, depicting the hare, while jumping or grazing, and its anatomy. From the libraries of Alfred Barmore Maclay and Dodgson Hamilton Madden. Bookplate of Bibliotheca Tilliana. Slightly browned, but a very good, fresh copy.

FIRST EDITION of this comprehensive monograph on the hare, studied from a zoological, medical, historical, gastronomic, cynegetic, and literary perspective. “A quaint and amusing book on the hare in 57 chapters, of which chapter 37 (Venatio & Captura) and 38 (Fuga & Cursus) deal with hare hunting; Chapter 50 contains a treatise on the horned hare” (Schwerdt, II, 288).

The book is also of gastronomic interest, as it includes chapters on hare meat quality (Caro leporis cibus qualis, pp. 35-38), its aphrodisiac vitues (An cibus eroticus & amatorius, pp. 38-39), and on Jews avoiding the hare meat (Judaei abstinent a lepore, pp. 39-40). There is also a chapter on how to best feed hares (Ruminatio, pp. 46-48) illustrated with a woodcut.

Waldung was professor of medicine at Altdorf from 1592.

OCLC, 14304468; Ceresoli, 553; Krivatsy, 12578.