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Herbal.- Pena (Pierre) and Matthias de l'Obel. Stirpium adversaria nova, first English edition, collation: A2 B1 A-2P6 [2Q]1 3*2 *4, engraved title (dated 1570), first 2 leaves (dedication to Queen Elizabeth) supplied from a smaller copy and loosely inserted, last 6 leaves (index) misbound after title, woodcut illustrations, with 2 woodcuts on slips pasted in after A5 and C4 (lacking that which should be after N3), with woodcuts pasted on X6 verso and 2L2 verso both present, some water-staining, small repair to one index leaf, some dust-soiling, remboitage in old limp vellum with new endpapers, spine label and gilt lettered date, covers soiled, [STC 19595; Henrey 289], folio, exudebat prelum Thomae Purfoetii, ad Lucretie symbolum. Cum gratia Privilegii, 1571.

⁂ Important work in the history of plant classification. It describes old as well as new world plants and contains the first published illustration of the tobacco plant (pasted woodcut on p.252, which also depicts a man's head smoking a long pipe). A loosely inserted letter from E.P. Goldschmidt (dated 1935) supplying the two missing dedication leaves.

Provenance: John Hartby (ink inscriptions to title)
Rothamsted acquisition date 1918.

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Herbal.- Pena (Pierre) and Matthias de l'Obel.,

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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