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[LONICER, Adam?].
Herbarum, arborum, fruticum, frumentorum ac leguminum. Animalium praeterea terrestrium, volatiliu[m] & aquatilium, ... Kreutter, Bäume, Gesteude, unnd Frücht, ...Frankfurt am Main, Christian Egenolff, 1546. 4to. With a large woodcut on the title-page showing a gardener at work with his tools, and about 800 woodcut illustrations in the text. About 700 show trees, fruit, edible and medicinal plants, while the rest show insects, a tick, coral, shells, various sea and land animals and a view of a pond with plants and birds. With all woodcuts coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary pigskin over wooden boards, richly blind-tooled in a panel design with two rolls; brass clasps and catch-plates with engraved decoration.
[8], 265, [3 blank] pp.Rare first dated edition of an extensively illustrated early herbal, coloured by a contemporary hand, with the title and most of the plant and animal names in Latin and German. The Folger Library notes that F.W.E. Roth attributes this herbal to Adam Lonicer (1528-1586) of Marburg and Frankfurt, who married Egenolff's daughter and became a partner in the firm after Egenolff died in 1555. Egenolff published all three editions of the present herbal. VD 16 lists the undated one as ca. 1545 (citing only the Wellcome Library copy), making the present 1546 edition the second. Another appeared in 1552.With early owner's inscriptions by Georg Volland (1560-1631), an apothecary from Nuremberg, in Latin at the foot of the title-page and in Greek on the facing endleaf. The binding is likely to come from that region as well. With some browning and stains, especially in the first and last leaves. The binding is worn. A 1546 herbal with ca. 800 woodcuts, in contemporary richly blind-tooled pigskin.l Adams H294 (1 copy); Nissen, BBI 2345; USTC 662102 (12 copies); VD 16, H2193 (4 copies); cf. Klebs, Early herbals 71 (undated Egenolff ed.); Wellcome I, 1983 (same undated Egenolff ed.); not in Stiftung Botanik.
Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830) [Netherlands]
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