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In hoc volumine continentur ... Annotationes - CORDUS, Valerius - 1515. [1225694]
Durling 1025; Heirs of Hippocrates 30 note; Hunt 56 note; Johnston 86; Nissen, BBI 405. Posthumous first edition of nearly all writings of Valerius Cordus (1515-1544), the "amazing young genius" (Hunt) whose premature death robbed him of the fame awarded the other great pioneers of scientific botany. Besides his famous works, also including shorter works on trees, distillation and pharmacology. Conrad Gesner (1516-1565) edited and published most of Cordus's writings for the first time in the present edition, nearly twenty years after his death, advancing knowledge of every aspect of botany, but especially phytography and pomology. Many of the 280 or so woodcuts were executed by David Kandel (1520-1592), one of the greatest botanical woodcut artists of all time. Gesner added some further descriptions, including the first Tulip recorded in Europe, seen in April 1559 at the Augsburg garden of Johann Heinrich Herwan and illustrated here for the first time, with a woodcut. Most botanical reference works describe the present edition without the 1563 supplement present here.With early owner's name at the foot of the title-page, several long marginal manuscript notes and more short ones, occasional underscoring and one opening clearly showing in the gutter the shadow of a plant that had been pressed between the book's pages. With the first leaf and last few leaves somewhat thumbed and with a small chip at their lower outside corners, a couple small marginal tears, and in the last leaves some mostly marginal water stains, but otherwise in good condition. The binding is dirty and worn, but most of the tooling remains clear. An essential keystone for any botanical collection.
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