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De Plantis Exoticis. Libri Duo.
1629. Illustrated with engraved title page and 145 full-page engravings. 8vo. Original vellum. Venezia, G. Gueriglio 1629. Second Edition. (The first edition was published in 1627.) Hunt 213; Nissen BBI, 21. Prospero Alpini (1553-1616) was director of the Botanic Gardens at Padua from 1603 until his death in 1616. "The material for 'De plantis exoticis,' which was published posthumously, also derived from Alpini's travels. With Onoria Belli he carefully studied the flora of Crete. Information on plants from other areas was later incorporated into the manuscript, which was edited by his son Alpino and completed in 1614. Data concerning some of these plants were obtained by examining specimens grown from seeds sent to Alpini. A total of 156 plants, each illustrated by a woodcut (engraving) formed a notable contribution to Mediterranean floristics. This is especially true of the flora of Crete, many of whose plants were described for the first time. The accuracy of Alpini's descriptions was demonstrated by A. Baldacci and P.A. Saccardo, who identified seventy-one of the eighty-five Cretan plants on which he reported." (DSB). A beautiful, crisp copy with no foxing. The engraved plates are crisp and clear. Fine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: George Robert Minkoff, Inc., ABAA [Great Barrington, MA, U.S.A.]

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