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[WEIDNITZ, Hans, artist, and others].
Herbarum imagines vivae. Der Kreuter lebliche Conterfeytunge. Including: Imaginum herbarum, pars II. Andertheyl der Kreutter Conterfeytungenn.Frankfurt am Main, Christian Egenolff, (colophon: 1536). 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 2 title-pages, part 1 with 225 botanical woodcuts (plus 5 repeats on the title-page), part 2 with a woodcut view on the title-page and 63 botanical woodcuts (plus 3 repeats on the title-page). All woodcuts coloured by a contemporary hand. Interleaved with contemporary paper. Tanned sheepskin (ca. 1700?), gold-tooled spine, in modern red clamshell box.
Adams H293; BMC NH, p. 513; Nissen, BBI 2344; VD16, H2196. Very rare first edition (part 1 in the 2nd issue) of a Renaissance woodcut herbal, showing a wide variety of herbs and flowers, fruits, berries, nuts and root vegetables. Nearly every illustration shows the entire plant, including roots, but a few (such as the walnut) show only a detail. With one to four woodcuts on each page. The illustrations have their origins in the extremely accurate and beautiful botanical woodcuts on a larger scale drawn and cut by Hans Weiditz, whose work has often been mistaken for Dürer's or Burgkmair's. The only texts besides the title-pages and indexes for each part are the names of the plants in Latin and German for nearly every woodcut. This and the smaller format probably made the book affordable to many who could not have purchased Schott's edition of Brunfels, but it also made it a handy field guide rather than a book that would remain on a scholar's shelf, making all editions and issues very rare today.With some contemporary and later manuscript notes, and a 1646 owner's inscription. With 1 tear slightly affecting the names of 1 plant and some marginal stains, not affecting the illustrations, but still in good condition. The colouring has sometimes bled through the page faintly. The owner's inscription on the title-page was shaved by the binder. Binding shabby.
Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830)
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