Stirpium historiae pemptades sex sive libri xxx.
Item ID 73318
Antverpiae, Plantin, 1583. Folio (36.0 x 22.6 cm). Title page with armorial woodcut vignette; [xviii], 860, [xxvii] pp.; 1,341 woodcuts (four on a separate leaf, bound in the rear, as intended). Contemporary full calf. Boards blind-tooled with floral centre piece, and rectangular borders with floral corner pieces; and with two linen straps. Spine with five raised bands. Rare first edition of the Stirpium , which was Dodoens's last and most comprehensive botanical work, incorporating material from a number of his earlier books including his Cruydeboeck and the basis for all subsequent versions. According to Stafleu and Cowan, it was also the basis of Gerard's herbal of 1597, and the work to which Linnaeus, Adanson and de Jussieu usually refer, underscoring its taxonomical importance. Six of the woodcuts are copied from the Julia Anicia Codex of Dioscorides by A. Nicolai. The impressions of the woodcuts are strong. Page 195 erroneously numbered 187; and 243-244 misnumbered 231-232. Provenance: The name Laet with the text Praesentem esse deum quaelibedt herbae docet in a neat old hand in the title page bottom margin. Unrestored. Boards a trifle worn, the leather with craquelure; some light, mostly marginal foxing; single, small wormhole up to page 108; another, short and shallow in the rear board, just reaching the last two leaves only, some light, marginal dampstaining to several leaves in the rear. Overall a very good, complete and broad-margined copy, much better than any other we have seen. The contemporary binding is elegant in its simplicity; the preservation of the straps is exceptional. Hunt, 143; Nissen BBI, 517; Pritzel, 2359; Stafleu and Cowan, 1489. Rare first edition in a beautiful contemporary binding