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Aliquot notae in Garciae Aromatum Historiam, eiusdem descriptiones nonnullarum stirpium, & aliarum exoticarum rerum, quae a generoso viro Francisco Drake Equite Anglo, & his observatae sunt, qui eum in longa illa Navigatione, qua proximis annis universum orbem circumivit, comitati sunt: & quorundam peregrinorum fructuum quos Londini ab amicis accepit.
- Antwerp, Christophor Plantin, [February] 1582. [Bound with:] ORTA, G. DA. Aromatum, et medicamentorum apud Indos nascentium. Antwerp, Christophor Plantin, 1579. [Bound with:] MONARDES, N. Simplicium medicamentorum ex novo orbe delatorum, quorum in medicina usus est. Antwerp, Christophor Plantin, 1579. [Bound with:] ACOSTA, C. Aromatum & medicamentorum in Orientali India nascentium. Caroli Clusius Atrebatis opera ex Hispanico sermone Latinus factus, in Epitomen contractus, et quibusdam illustratus. Antwerp, Christopher Plantin, 1582. Four vols in one. 8vo (167 x 106 mm). pp. 43 [1, 4 blank]; 217, [7]; 84, [4]; 88, with woodcut printer's device on titles and woodcut illustrations in text of all four works; very good copies in eighteenth-century vellum-backed boards. I. First edition, and the first printed announcement of Drake's circumnavigation, and containing the earliest descriptions of plants from the western coasts of America. L'Écluse was in London when Drake returned from his epic voyage (1577-80) and received the plants and seeds collected by Drake’s crew. Immediately upon his return to Antwerp he had Plantin print this account, containing descriptions of the specimens collected, notes on localities, and a generous homage to Sir Francis Drake and his crew. As his translation of Acosta’s book on the drug plants of the Orient (the second title in this volume, see below) was already in press, this book was styled as a sequel to the Acosta, and the two almost certainly issued together. The title of the first work reads as 'Some notes on Garcia da Orta's History of Aromatic Plants, along with observations on some plants and other exotic things collected by Sir Francis Drake and his companions on their voyage round the world, and on foreign products received by the author from friends in London'. Among American plants described are cocoa and Mexican jasmine. The work contains 15 mostly full-page woodcuts.II. Third edition of L'Écluse's Latin abridgement and translation of da Orta's book on the plants and medicines of the Orient, based upon his travels in India and Ceylon.III. Second edition of L'Écluse's Latin abridgement and translation of the first two books of Monardes' treatise on the medicinal plants and minerals of the New World, with extensive commentary.IV. First edition of L'Écluse's paraphrase of Acosta's Tratado de las drogas y medicinas de la indias orientales (Burgos, 1578). L'Écluse abridged the text, concentrating on those descriptions of plants he thought detailed and accurate enough, and adding his own commentaries on the plants described. He rejected most of the original woodcuts as being too clumsy and inaccurate for identification purposes. With two woodcuts.Provenance: the Earls of Macclesfield, Shirburn Castle, with engraved bookplate, shelfmark on front pastedown, and blindstamp Macclesfield crest on blank margins of first three leavesI Alden 582.52; Arents (Add.) 69; Hunt 140; Stafleu and Cowan TL2 1146; Voet 1010; see Lenger, Bibliotheca Belgica 3, 767 for an extensive analysis; II Durling 3416; Johnston 120; Voet 1840; Wellcome 4657; III Alden 579.38; Durling 3218; Johnston 119; Voet 1711; Wellcome 4395; IV Alden 582.25; Hunt 139; Voet 1038. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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