The viaLibri website requires cookies to work properly. You can find more information in our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Recently found by viaLibri....

Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1569 & 1566., 1569 & 1566.. Fair. - Octavo, bound in early buff paper covered boards backed with a natural vellum spine with raised bands and the titles penned in a calligraphic hand on the spine. The covers are heavily rubbed with wear and chips to the edges and corners. The darkened spine is cracked with a corresponding break to the text block preceding the title to the second book. 311 & [9] pages; and 270 & [7] pages respectively. The first book "Florum et Coronariarum..." is illustrated with 106 (of 109) woodcuts of flowers, mostly full-page, by Arnold Nicolai & Gerard Janssen van Kampen after drawings by Peter van der Borcht. Pages 310 & 311 are misnumbered "308" & "309", as published. The first book "Florum et Coronariarum..." lacks the original title page which has been replaced by an attractively calligraphed early home-made title page copied from the 1568 first edition, with a beautifully executed drawing of Plantin's pictorial device. The verso of the original title page, the "Summa Privilegiorum", is mounted with some loss on the front pastedown. The first 2 leaves following the title (pages 3 through 6) are damaged with considerable loss to the text despite an attempt at crude repairs. The corner of page 207/8 is torn with very slight loss. The bottom corner of page 165/6 is torn without loss of text or image. This first book lacks pages 31/32 including the woodcut "Cervicaria Maior" and also lacks pages 205/206, including the woodcuts "Tulipa" & "Tulipa minor".

The second book "Frumentorum, leguminum..." is illustrated with historiated initials and 76 (of 84) woodcuts of plants, mostly full-page, by Gerard Janssen Van Kempen, Cornelis Muller and Arnold Nicolai after drawings by Peter Van der Bocht. There is a tear to page 115 of this second book, without loss. The book lacks pages 159 & 160, including the woodcuts "Hedysaron Primum" and "Hedysaron Alterum". There is a large hole with loss of text to pages 177/78. Pages 227/28, 235-238, 271 are lacking together with the corresponding woodcuts which decorated those pages: "Fontalis sive Potamogeiton", "Ranae Morsus", "Sagitta", "Epimedium", "Sedum Aquatile", and "Persicaria".

Overall, the pages are darkened with scattered foxing and spotting. Several page corners are creased and several signatures are slightly pulled. There are occasional penciled annotations throughout.

The 1569 second edition of Rembert Dodoens' "Florum, et Coronariarium" bound together with the 1566 first edition of his "Frumentorum, leguminum".

The attractively calligraphed home-made title page to the first book is copied from the 1568 first edition. However, the book itself is the "Altera", or Second Edition of 1569.

Dodoens' "Florum, et Coronariarum Odoratarumque..." is a study of ornamental and fragrant plants. One of the earliest treatises on plants and flowers adorning gardens, the work is devoted to annuals and perennials, as well as rare bulbous plants.

The second work, Dodoens' "Frumentorum, leguminum..." is a pre-Linnean botanical study of cereals, vegetables, vegetation of the marshes and water plants. The preface and colophon of this 1566 first edition are dated 1565. [Ref.: Hunt Botanical Catalogue, 96].

The Flemish physician and botanist Robert Dodoens (1517-1585), here writing as "Remberto Dodonaeo mechliniensi Medico auctore", was born in Mechelen and studied medicine, cosmography and geography at the University of Leuven. A physician in Mechelen, he turned down several prestigious appointments before becoming court physician to the Austrian emperor Rudolph II from 1775 to 1578. He subsequently taught as professor of medicine at the University of Leiden from 1582 until his death. Influenced by Leonhart Fuchs' work, he published his substantial illustrated herbal "Cruydeboeck" from 1554 through 1563. Regarded by many as a pharmacopoeia, a substantial part of Dodoen's work addressed medicinal herbs and became, at the time, the most translated work after the Bible. Linnaeus named the plant genus "Dodonaea" after him.
      [Bookseller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.]

Last Found On: 2017-02-20           Check availability:      Biblio    


Browse more rare books from the year 1569

      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     563 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service      Privacy     

Copyright © 2019 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.