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Praeludia...
Commelin, C.
Praeludia botanica ad publicas plantarum exoticarum demonstrationes dicta in Horto Medico, cum demonstrationes exoticarum 3 Octobris 1701, & 29 Maji 1702. ex auctoritate Nobilissimorum & Amplissimorum D. Consulum auspicatur. His accudent plantarum exoticarum, in praeludiis botanicis recensitarum, icones & descriptiones.
Lugduni Batavorum (Leiden), J. du Vivie, 1715. 4to (25.1 x 20.2 cm). [viii], 86 pp., with 33 engravings pasted on folded leaves (one double-sized). Rebacked contemporary half goatskin with original speckled boards and original hand-stamped endpapers.
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€8,500.00
A very rare and important work on exotic plants in which the Geranium Africanum is depicted for the first time
Rariorum p...
Commelin, J. and C. Commelin
Rariorum plantarum Horti Medici Amstelodamensis descriptio & icones. Beschryvinge en curieuse afbeeldingen van rare vreemde Africaansche, Oost-West-Indische en andere gewassen vertoont in den Amsterdamsche Kruyd-Hof. Met groote moeyte en arbeid op stads-kosten in vele jaren aangewend, en by een versameld door Casparus Commelin M. D. en botanicus horti Medici.
Amsterdam, P. Blaeu, J. Blaeu and [the widow of] Abraham van Someren (1697, 1701). Two parts in two. Folio (near matching at 39.8 x 26.2 cm and 40.0 x 25.5 cm). Part I: Latin half title; Latin title in two colours with title vignette; Dutch title (do.); engraved allegorical frontispiece showing the virgin of Amsterdam in a foreign (subtropical) landscape amidst exotic people offering plants as gifts; coat-of-arms of Joannes Huydecoper, and that of Joannes Commelin, dedication leaf to the mayors of Amsterdam; [8], 220 pp., 110 engraved plates showing 112 numbered plants with explanatory text leafs in Latin and Dutch, each with floral vignette at the end of each description. Part II: Latin half title, allegorical frontispiece, showing Theophrastus teaching botany in the real Hortus garden, with the houses along the Nieuwe Herengracht canal in the background, Dutch title page, dedication page (to the mayors of Amsterdam, and to the trustees of the Hortus). Coat-of-arms of Franciscus de Vroede (senator of the Hortus), Joannes Huydecoper (curator) and Gerbrandus Pancras (do.). [4], 224, [4] pp., and 113 plates, numbered up to 112 with fig. 4 in two different states (on recto and verso of one leaf), as intended. Thus, in total: two frontispieces, five coats-of-arms and 225 numbered plates on 222 leaves. Both volumes in contemporary vellum, but not an exact match.
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€19,000.00
A super complete copy of this rare work on rare plants
Cruydt-boe...
Dodoens, R. [Dodonaeus] and C. Clusius
Cruydt-boeck van Rembertus Dodonaeus, volgens sijne laetste verbeteringe: met biivoegsels achter elck capittel, uut verscheyden cruydtbeschrijvers: item in't laetste een beschrijvinge vande Indiaensche gewassen, meest getrocken wt de schriften van Carolus Clusius.
Leyden, Françoys van Ravelingen, 1618. Thick folio (34.3 x 22.0 x 11.2 cm). Half title, engraved title-page with letterpress title and imprint, coloured by an early hand and highlighted in gold, description of contents printed on verso; [xxviii], 1495, [1 blank], [lvi], [2 blank] pp.; about 1470 botanical woodcuts in the text (mostly 13.0 x 7.0 cm). Further with woodcut decorated initials, head- and tailpieces built up from arabesque fleurons, textura types with extensive fraktur and civilité and incidental roman, italic, rotunda and Greek types. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum over wooden boards. Bevelled edges. Spine with manuscript title. Brass clasps.
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€9,500.00
Including American and East Indian plants; engraved title-page coloured by an early hand
Florum et...
Dodonaeus, R. [R. Dodoens]
Florum et coronarium odoratarumque nonnullarum herbarum historia. Altera editio. [AND] Historia frumentorum, leguminum, palustrium et aquatilium herbarum, ac earum, quea eo pertinent. Additae sunt imagines vivae, exactissime, iam recens non absque haud vulgari diligentia & fide artificiosissime expressae, quarum pleraeque nouae, & hactenus non editae.
Antverpiae, Christophori Pantini, 1569. Two works in one. Small 8vo (16.9 x 11.1 cm). Title pages with engraved vignettes; 619 pp. [309, (viii); 293, (ix)]; 330 [109; 221] woodcuts in the text, often covering entire pages. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. Spine with five raised bands; title added in an old hand.
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€4,500.00
A contemporary bound copy of two seldom seen works
New Kreüte...
Fuchs, L.
New Kreüterbuch, in welchem nicht allein die gantz Histori, das ist Namen, Gestalt, Statt und Zeit der Wachsung, Natur, Krafft und Würckung des meysten Theyls der Kreüter so in Teütschen und andern Landen wachsen...
Basel, M. Isingrin, 1543 [REPRINT, 1985]. Folio (35.8 x 22.7 cm) with one hand-coloured portrait of Leonhart Fuchs and three others on one page at the end; a hand-coloured printer's device ("Palma Ising") and 517 full page hand-coloured plates. Period style full calf; spine with five raised bands and morocco label with gilt title; hand-stamped boards with bevelled edges and two brass clasps. Edges green.
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€1,800.00
The ultimate reprint, perfected in every detail
Abbildung...
Happe, A.
Abbildung auslaendischer Materialien.
Berlin, [not published], 1767. Folio (37.3 x 24.3 cm). Decorative water colour title page, manuscript text within a garland of flowers and insects, and 86 water-colour plates of plants, manuscript index leaf at the end. Preserved in modern marbled clamshell box.
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€28,000.00
A finely coloured manuscript depicting exotic and medicinal plants, by one of the greatest natural history artists of the 18th-century
Botanica o...
Kniphof, J. H.
Botanica on originali seu herbarium. Plate 29 (written in pencil). Euphorbia.
Trampe, Halle, 1757-1764. Folio-size loose nature printing (36.3 x 22.2 cm). Well preserved nature printing with additional printed caption.
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€75.00
Wonderful early botanical nature print
De simplic...
Monardes, N.
De simplicibus medicamentis ex occidentali India delatis, quorum in medicina usus est. Nicolao Monardis Hispalensi Medico. Interprete Carolo Clusio atrebate. [AND] Simplicium medicamentorum ex nova orbe delatorum, quorum in medicina usus est, historiae liber tertius. Nicolao Monardes Hispalensi Medico: nunc verò primum Latio donatus, & notis illustrarus à Carolo Clusio a.
Antverpiae, Christophor Plantin, 1574-1582. Two works bound in one. 8vo (16.3 x 10.5 cm). 88, [vii] pp., ten wood-engravings in the text of which six page-sized; 47 pp., two text illustrations including one page-sized wood-engraving. Near comtemporary marbled wrappers. In new protective cloth box (18.2 x 12.4 x 1.9 cm) with gilt lettered label on the spine.
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€4,800.00
Early contributions to the knowledge of New World medical plants
Naauwkeuri...
Munting, A.
Naauwkeurige beschryving der aardgewassen, waar in de veelerley aart en bijzondere eigenschappen der boomen, heesters, kruyden, bloemen, met haare vrugten, zaden, wortelen en bollen, neevens derzelver waare voort-teeling, gelukkige aanwinning, en heylzaame genees-krachten, na een veel-jarige oeffening en eigen ondervinding, in drie onderscheide boeken, naauwkeuriglijk beschreeven worden; foor den heer Abraham Munting, In zijn leeven, hoogleraar der genees- en kruydkunde in de vermaarde Akademie te Groeningen. Nu eerst nieuwelijks uitgegeeven, en met meer dan 250 afbeeldingen, all naer 't leeven geteekend en konstiglijk in 't koper gesneeden, vercierd. Met nodige registers verrijkt. [Nauwkeurige beschryving der aard-gewassen].
Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, and Utrecht, François Halma, 1696. Folio (39.5 x 25.4 cm). Half title ["Aardgewassen"], engraved frontispiece title ["Aard-Gewassen"] with full page allegorical engraving "Rerum Magistra" by Goeree and engraved by I. Baptist; second title page with full title in red and black, and engraved vignette "Cultior his vita est", half title to second part; 563 pp. [(xxxiv), 465 (with 930 numbered columns), (lxiv)]; 245 engraved plates (on 244 sheets). Chapters with large, engraved head and tail pieces. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. Spine with seven raised bands and burgundy morocco label with intrinsic gilt borders and gilt title. Front and back with blind-ruled borders and center arabesque.
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€18,000.00
A fine complete copy in a contemporary vellum binding
Quadripart...
Paulli, S.
Quadripartitum botanicum de simplicium medicamentorum facultatibus, in usus medicinae candidatorum, praxin medicam, Deo benedicente, auspicaturorum; nec non artis pharmaceuticus studiosorum concinnatum ex veterum et recentiorum decritis, ac observationibus,cum medicis, tum anatomicis, itemque multis, chymica principia ac humanior a studiaspectantibus, refertum. Additis dosibus purgantium. Magnopere desideratis, ex probatissimis practicis collectis. Una cum appendice & indicibus necessariis. [AND] Continuato appendicis ad opus quadripartitum botanicum. Continens indicem rerum omnium universalem, varium, multiplicem & curiosum, ut & syllabum in opere citatorum auctorum.
Argentorati [Strassbourg], S. Paulli, 1667-1668. Two parts in one. 4to (20.7 x 17.3 cm). Two engraved frontispieces, engraved portrait and one engraving representing his gift to the Danish King, title page in red and black, 62, 690 pp.; title page with engraved vignette, [vii], 59 pp., four engraved plates of which one depicts plants with 14 figures, for a total of eight plates, Contemporary blind boards. Label with title in an old hand on the spine.
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€1,600.00
Rare second enlarged edition of Paulli's major work, complete with the addition
Institutio...
Tournefort, J. de
Institutiones Rei herbariae. Editio tertia, appendicibus aucta ab Antonio de Jussieu.
Lyon, Typographia Regia, 1769. Three parts in two thick volumes. 4to (24.8 x 19.1 cm). Two engraved titles and one engraved title vignette, one nice engraved text vignette, xxxii, [xvi], 695, [vi], 58 pp., and 489 engraved plates. Uniform contemporary style grained half morocco over marbled boards. Spines with gilt lines, vignettes and title. Marbled endpapers.
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€1,500.00
A nice copy of a little-known edition of this influential work