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Herbal.- Theophrastus. De Historia plantarum libri decem, first edition edited by Joannes Bodaeus à Stapel, double column. text in Latin and Greek, fine engraved pictorial title, numerous woodcut botanical illustrations, small part of upper margin of title repaired, 4Y1 section of margin torn away, affecting a few letters, sig. 5H misbound, small wormholes to upper margins, occasional spotting, [Hunt 240], 20th century half calf, gilt spine in compartments and with red leather labels, corners worn, rubbed, folio, Amsterdam, apud Henricum Laurentium, 1644.

⁂ 'It is interesting not only because of the brilliance of the editing, but, curiously enough, to the American botanist as well, for involving in the discussion certain species from Virginia, other parts of the New World, and Asia. The illustrations of these plants have been largely overlooked in botanical history, because of their incidental presence in a work which might not be expected to contain anything of the sort. Some were merely borrowed from l'Escluse or de Lobel, but others seem original in this work' (H.H. Bartlett, Fifty-five Rare Books, quoted by Hunt ).

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Herbal.- Theophrastus. De Historia plantarum libri

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 9:30 AM UTC
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
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London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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