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Rariorum plantarum Historia... Antwerp, Officina Plantiniana apud J. Moretum, 1601. Folio (340 x 215mm). pp. (xiv, including portrait), 364, cccxlviii, (12), (28, Altera appendix, here bound in the second volume), with engraved title, engraved portrait, and 1109 woodcuts in the text. (AND:) CLUSIUS, C. Exoticorum libri decem: quibus animalium, plantarum, aromatum, aliorumque peregrinorum fructuum historiae describuntur: Item Petri Bellonis Observationibus...
Leiden, Officina Plantiniana, Franciscus Raphelingius the younger, 1605. Folio. pp. (xvi), 378, (10); 52; (xii), 242, (2), with engraved title, two woodcut maps of the Hellespont and Alexandria, and 275 woodcuts in text (96 non-botanical). (Together with:) CLUSIUS, C. Curae posteriores, seu plurimarum non ante cognitarum.... Leiden, ex officina Plantiniana Raphelengii, 1611. pp. (6), 71, 24, with engraved title and 34 woodcuts. Bound in 2 contemporary mottled calf bindings, richly gilt ornamented spines with gilt lettered labels (some minor skilful repairs). First edition of the two volumes of L'Écluse's collected works, including the rare portrait in the Rariorum, which is almost always lacking./I. First edition. The first part of the work synthesises material presented in L'Écluse's 'Rariorum aliquot Stirpium per Pannoniam et Austriam Observatarum Historia', Antwerp 1583 and his 'Rariorum aliquot Stirpium per Hispanias...' Antwerp 1576, along with additions describing new plants. It is followed by the 'Fungorum historia', the first published treatise on fungi, which L'Écluse had composed during his stay with the Count of Batthyam in Hungary, Giovanni Pona's 'Plantae quae in Baldo Monte reperiuntur', and letters of Honorius Belli and Tobias Roelsius. Approximately one hundred new species are described for the first time./The engraved title has a fine architectural border with representations of Adam and Solomon, and Theophrastus and Dioscorides, surrounded by pots of exotic plants, such as lilies and tulips (the latter were introduced into European cultivation by L'Écluse). The portrait, signed D. Gheyn, depicts L'Écluse in an oval cartouche incorporating a coat-of-arms and surrounded by pots of tulips, lilies, fritillaries, etc., two winged Naiads emerging from cornucopiae overflowing with plants, tiaras of sea-urchins on their heads, nuts, seeds, and corals strewn below./Of the 1109 woodcuts, 233 are from the Spanish flora and 356 from the Austro-Hungarian flora, and were cut by Gerard van Kampen after drawings by L'Écluse and Pieter van der Borcht. The remaining blocks were cut by the son of Virgil Solis in Frankfurt./II. First edition of the sequel to the author's 'Rariorum plantarum historia', 1601, containing further works not published in the former, and mostly devoted to exotic plants and animals. The first six books, Libri I-VI, are new writings by L'Écluse, devoted to new species of plants, animals, and natural history products from the New World, Southeast Asia, Africa, etc. This work is important for the number of new descriptions of non-European plants (and some animals) it contains, among which is the first published record and illustration of a South African plant. 'It is of particular importance to us in containing an illustration of a dried inflorescence of Protea neriifolia. Clusius provided a full description of the specimen, which he referred to as an 'elegant thistle' (Carduus), and reported that it was collected at Antongil Bay on the north-east coast of Madagascar during a Dutch trading expedition to Java in 1597. The locality recorded was clearly incorrect and there can be no doubt that the specimen must have been picked up during a call for fresh water somewhere along the Cape coast. It has the distinction of being the first known botanical object to have reached Europe from South Africa' (Todd and Gunn, Botanical exploration of South Africa p. 13)./There is an extensive account of exotic seeds sent to him by various explorers. Libri VII-X comprise L' Écluse's translations, with commentary, of da Orta, Acosta, and Monardes. This is followed by further works by Monardes translated by L'Écluse, entitled 'Libri tres, magna medicina secreta et varia experimenta continentes' (on the bezoar stone, iron, snow, etc), 'Libellus de rosa' and 'Dissertatiuncula de citriis'. This is followed by the 'Altera appendix', intended as a supplement to the 'Rariorum plantarum historiae', and L'Écluse's translations of and commentaries on Belon, the 'Plurimarum singularium & memorabilium rerum in Graecia, Asia, Aegypto, Iudaea, Arabia, aliisque exteris provinciis ab ipso conspectarum observationes' and the 'De neglecta plantarum libellus'. Followed by the separately printed 'Curae Posteriores' which is the last supplement of his Opera Omnia. The engraved title of the 'urae Posteriores' is browned.//Provenance: Name of N. Jamin on free endpaper./ / //I Hunt 180; Johnston 149; Nissen BBI 372; Stafleu and Cowan 1149; II Hunt 182; Johnston 151; Krivatsy 6767; Nissen BBI 370; Simoni L49; Stafleu and Cowan 1150; Wellcome 1512; Nissen BBI, 368.
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