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Symbolorum ac Emblematum... Centuriae Quatuor, prima Arborum & Plantarum, secunda Animal Quadrupedium, tertia Avium & Volatilium, quarta Piscium & Reptilium...
Mainz, L. Bourgeat, 1679. 8vo (167 x 95mm). With 1 folded engraved frontispiece and 400 engraved circular plates. 18th century mottled calf, spine with red label. The fourth collected edition, the first part concerns botanical emblems. 'These curious prints are of particular interest in that they precede even the first known botanical woodcuts. Almost a century and a half elapses before the publication of a small book of emblems by J. Camerarius the Younger, which contains about a hundred attractive little etched roundels of plants set against landscape backgrounds' (Blunt p. 99, for the first edition). The work is illustrated with metal engravings; the charming plates in part 1, all by Hans Sibmacher, are circular and depict plants in front of attractive landscapes. Joachim Camerarius, the Younger (1543-1598) was famous for his immense botanical knowledge and his fine plant collections and botanical garden. The remaining 300 plates show birds, snakes, amphibians, fishes, mammals and insects. Nissen BBI, 312.
Bookseller: Antiquariaat Junk B.V.
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