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For rare and antique books on botany and plant biology, look through the rare botany books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. Many of the valuable and collectible rare and antique books about botany contain detailed illustrations and illustrious bindings and fore-edges. There are several multi-volume botany book sets, and there is a wide diversity of languages and focuses throughout the rare botany book section of the Biblio Rare Book Room.



[One Hundred Chrysanthemums]

[One Hundred Chrysanthemums]

by HASEGAWA, Keika

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Used
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Toronto, Ontario
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Kyoto: Tanaka Jihei & Yamada Naosaburo, July & December 1893., 1893. 2 Volumes. small folio. [ff. 27; ff. 27]. text in Japanese. calligraphy by Yusaku. 50 colour woodblock prints of chrysanthemums by Hasegawa (4 double-page, some with added hand-colour). original wrs. (wrs. with some light soiling & slight chipping at inner edges). The colour woodblocks present a beautiful display of fifty different varieties of chrysanthemums, Japan’s national flower. Originating in China, the chrysanthemum was introduced into Japan around the 8th century A.D., and the sixteen-petaled chrysanthemum was adopted for the crest and official seal of the Emperor. The Imperial throne of Japan is referred to as the ‘Chrysanthemum Throne’. Regarded as a symbol of the sun, perfection, and long life, the chrysanthemum is celebrated by the Japanese during the annual Festival of Happiness held in November. We have been unable to determine whether or not further volumes of the work were published..
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Curtis's Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed... [bound with] General Indexes to...
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Curtis's Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed... [bound with] General Indexes to the Plants Contained in the First Twenty Volumes of the Botanical Magazine...

by Sims, John

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
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Used - Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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$1,500.00

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London: Printed By Stephen Couchman, 1804. First Edition . Half Leather - Hardbound. Good/No Jacket. Contains plates 740 through 786, collated and complete with text; All plates are hand colored, and number 770 is folding; Bound with index of the first twenty volumes, which was published in 1805; Original boards are rubbed and worn at corners; Later leather rebacking is rather crude, though volume remains tight; Occasional light foxing and/or offsetting, though overall contents are intact, and generally very clean; Coloring on plates remains bright and very lovely.
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$1,500.00
New Zealand Ferns.
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New Zealand Ferns.

by Armstrong, C. C. [Mary Ann]

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  • Hardcover
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Used
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Hardcover
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Moray, United Kingdom
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$3,436.68

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Dunedin, NZ, [late 1870s or 1880s]. Tall quarto (370 x 280mm). Original green cloth, upper board blocked in gilt and black. The contents comprise approximately 56 fern specimens mounted on the rectos of 16 card leaves with scientific names in manuscript, the leaves bound in on linen stubs. Maker's ticket to the front pastedown. Some wear and small bumps, and spots and marks to the binding, contents toned. 4 of the specimens are loose or have a small piece that has come loose, but are still retained, one specimen is lacking a frond. Very good condition. A rare, sixteen-page album of artistically arrayed and scientifically labeled New Zealand ferns by the award-winning botanical artist and entrepreneur Mary Ann Armstrong, known commercially as "Mrs. C. C. Armstrong" (1838-1910). This is a nice example of Armstrong's work, which is notable for its elegant presentation, including the use of symmetry and sweeping arcs, and the ingenious placement of moss to "ground" the specimens. Each page is an artwork… Read More
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$3,436.68
Wild Flowers.

Wild Flowers.

by Pratt, Anne.

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
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Used - Near Fine
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Langley, Washington
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$795.00

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London:: The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,, 1853.. First edition. Near Fine. Near Fine Condition. Folio (11.5 x 14 inches). Original publisher's cloth with floral blind embossed decoration and gilt lettering to cover. Faint owner's signature dated 1854 on ff. Skillfully rebacked with gilt-lettered cloth spine. Lower corners slightly bumped, otherwise a very nice copy. Pp. 96, fully illustrated with colored wood engravings. Each leaf has two separate colored wood-engraved botanical illustrations on the top third of the page, with the accompanying text below. Anne Pratt (1806-1893), a grocer's daughter from Kent and author of Common Things of the Seaside and Our Native Songsters, illustrated all of her botanical books in the spirit of the Victorian Naturalists and successfully merged the study of botany with romantic flower-lore. Wild Flowers is Miss Pratt's first botanical work. In 1855, she produced her hallmark work on British Flora: The Flowering Plants and… Read More
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$795.00
Theatrum botanicum the theater of plants or An herball of large extent Containing therein a more...
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London: Thomas Cotes, 1640. First edition. Large thick folio, title page, dedication page, preface two pages, author's tributes ten pages, then (ii), 1734 (but actually slightly less as there are several errors of pagination), illustrated with over 2,100 woodcut figures, lacking the extra engraved title page, the 20-page addenda at the rear and the errata leaf, but otherwise complete and very sound. The contents are extremely clean and tight, there is the odd crease and an occasional tiny corner missing but overall in impressive condition. The front and rear endpapers are a little browned and marked, both front and rear hinges are cracked and showing a little silver-fish damage but there is no weakness at all. Full panelled calf, probably eighteenth century but possibly earlier, a little rubbed, a little worn at the edges, scuffed on the upper cover, rebacked fairly recently with a leather spine and red morocco label. Blanche Henrey 286. { Very heavy - extra postage will be required.}. [John… Read More
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$4,686.38
The Day Of The Triffids
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The Day Of The Triffids

by Wyndham, John

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  • good
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
Fourteenth Impression Thus
ISBN 13
9780718100933
ISBN 10
071810093X
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Salem, Oregon
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$200.00

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The Day Of The Triffids Michael Joseph Fourteenth Impression Thus. March, 1984 Wyndham, John: The Day of the Triffids, Michael Joseph, London. Original copyright 1951. Science Fiction, Horror. Original source material for the film of the same name. One of the creepiest stories you will ever read. Good/Good Price-clipped DJ. Dust jacket is black with large green and white titling and ornamentation. EX-LIB.
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$200.00
The Universal Herbal; or, Botanical, Medical, and Agricultural Dictionary. Containing an account...
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The Universal Herbal; or, Botanical, Medical, and Agricultural Dictionary. Containing an account of All the known Plants in the World, arranged according to the Linnean System.

by Thomas Green

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Birsay, Orkney
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$2,249.46

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Liverpool: Henry Fisher , 1820 A very good 2 volume set of the 1st edition, newly rebound in half calf with marbled boards. With 2 decorative frontispieces, 1 decorative title, and 106 hand coloured plates. The title pages are undated but Vol I has a preface dated 1820 and the 1st edition was produced between 1816 and 1820. This copy is in new half calf with gilt lines title labels and volume numbers to spines. The marbled paper matches the marbling on the page edges. New endpapers. All the plates are in very good clean condition and are well coloured. The paper quality varies with the paper in the first half of Vol II being noticeably toned and prone to light spotting. Contents - Vol I: frontispiece; decorative title; title; preface 2 pp; introduction, instructions on finding a plant, and text (to letters KYL) with 56 plates pp 1-790. There are a couple of ink corrections in the margins of pp 304-5 and 627. Paper lightly toned with light spotting circa p 700. Vol II: frontispiece; title; text pp… Read More
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Keika Hyakugiku
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Keika Hyakugiku: Keika's 100 Chrysanthemums

by Keika Hasegawa

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  • good
  • Paperback
  • first
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Used - Good
Edition
1st
Binding
Paperback
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Tokyo, Japan
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$7,000.00

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Rare complete copy of Keika Hasegawa's "100 chrysanthemums by Keika" (The British Museum only has Volumes 1 and 2, the Smithsonian only 2 and 3.)75 colour woodblock prints (all published), including eight double-page, from this seminal book on the cultivation of chrysanthemums. Volumes 1 and 2 published in July 1893 and Volume 3 published in December 1903. Chrysanthemum cultivation came to Japan from China in the 8th century and the flower was later adopted as the Emperor's crest. Over the centuries, extraordinary hybrids of elegant shapes and vibrant colours were produced, many of which are recorded in this book.Little is known about the artist Keika Hasegawa. (The name Keika is usually a woman's name.) Active in the final years of the 19th century, she also produced books of patterns for kimono and washi paper such as "Biko Zukan" (1894) and "Kyoka Zuan" (1897). Original wraps are grubby and worn, interior slightly browned and edges worn. A few prints with faint stains. 1cm wormhole to two plates… Read More
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$7,000.00
Bilder ur Nordens Flora
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Bilder ur Nordens Flora: pa unrundvalen af Palmstruchs Svensk Botanik

by Carl Lindman

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
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Tokyo, Japan
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$900.00

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Very good copy of this classic Swedish flora with botanical illustrations by Johan Palmstruch, the "Swedish Sowerby."Complete in three volumes: with 519 chromolithographs (Vol. I, II) and text volume with 420 pages of descriptive text (Vol. III).Lithographed by Gen. Stab. Lit. Anst. (Generalstabens Litografiiska Anstalt), the offiicial lithographer to the Ministry of Defense, Stockholm. Carl Axel Magnus Lindman (1856-1928) was Professor of Botany at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet). The chromolithographs were based on Johan Palmstruch's Svensk botanik (1802-1829).Palmstruch (1770-1811) based his famous national flora Svensk botanik on the Flora Danica and James Sowerby's English Botany. His illustrations have been called "the best pictures of plants ever produced in Sweden."Three-quarter green leather faded to brown, art-nouveau gilt title on spine and front board, marble boards scuffed, botanical chromolithographs clean and bright.
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$900.00
British Phaenogamous Botany
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British Phaenogamous Botany: or, Figures and Descriptions of the Genera of British Flowering Plants

by William Baxter

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st and 2nd
Binding
Hardcover
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Tokyo, Japan
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$1,200.00

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Very good set of this fine British flora, the first to rival James Sowerby's English Botany from 1791. Complete with 509 hand-coloured copperplates engraved by Charles Mathews after botanical illustrations by Mathews, Isaac Russel (an Oxford glass painter) and William Alfred Delamotte. The plates were reputedly hand-coloured by Baxter's daughters and daughter-in-law. George Claridge Druce in The Flora of Berkshire, 1897, writes, "The plates of this work, although of unequal merit, are in many cases very excellent and possess a special value, because each figure is drawn from an individual plant, the locality or origin of which is usually stated."First issued in parts from 1832, and later in book form from 1834. This set states Second Edition, 1834, on the title page of Vol. I, but all other volumes are 1st edition: Vol. II 1835, Vol. III 1837, Vol. IV 1839, Vol. V 1840, and Vol. VI 1843. Six volumes bound in 3.William Baxter (1787-1871), was a British botanist, author, curator and head gardener of the… Read More
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$1,200.00
Le Regne Vegetal
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Le Regne Vegetal: Traite de Botanique, Flore Medicale, etc.

by Pierre Oscar Reveil, Frederick Gerard, A. Dupois, Francois Herincq

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
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Tokyo, Japan
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$3,500.00

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Very good set of this important French work with over 400 elegant botanicals by Edouard Maubert.
A comprehensive overview of plants and trees used for food, medicine, industry and ornament in the 19th century
Complete in 17 volumes with nine volumes of text and 8 volumes of plates.
Fine engravings by Oudet, Debray, Corbie, Lebrun, Lagesse, Pierre, and L. Noel after botanical illustrations by Edouard Maubert. The plates either showing the entire plant or tree along with details of fruits and seeds, or an elegant arrangement of fruits, flowers, leaves, roots.
The 411 engraved plates mounted on hinges, finely engraved and hand-coloured, presenting over 3,000 useful plants, garden flowers, fruits, trees, shrubs, mushrooms, etc.
The set is divided into five classes:
Traité de botanique générale (2 text volumes, 2 atlases with 53 and 50 plates of parts of flowers, roots, leaves, seeds, cells, plant biology, etc.)
Flore médicale, usuelle et industrielle (3 text volumes, 3 atlases with 50, 50 and 50… Read More
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$3,500.00
Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen
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Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen: in naturgetreuen Abbildungen mit kurz erlauterndem Texte

by Hermann Adolph Köhler, Gustav Pabst

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
2nd
Binding
Hardcover
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Tokyo, Japan
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$2,400.00

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Very good complete copy of Hermann Köhler's celebrated German study of medicinal botanyWith 283 dynamic botanical chromolithographs mainly signed W.M. (Walther Otto Muller), with others by Carl Friedrich Schmidt and K. or E. Gunther. The botanical plates are justly famous for their attractive design, with all parts of the flower, leaf, branch, fruit and seed displayed over the entire plate.This monumental German herbal was written principally by Hermann Adolph Köhler, edited after his death by Gustav Pabst, and published by Franz Eugen Köhler from 1887-1890. The third volume was published later in 1898 with the subtitle Latest medicinal plants and confusions (Neueste Medizinalpflanzen und Verwechslungen), revised by Max Vogtherr and M. Gürke, curators at the Botanical Museum in Berlin.With an advert for the fourth volume with another 100 plates (never published).Hermann Adolph Köhler (1834-1879) was a Prussian German physician and chemist. He was awarded the Iron Cross for his work as a… Read More
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$2,400.00
Medicinal Plants
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Medicinal Plants: being descriptions with original figures of the Principal Plants Employed in Medicine

by Robert Bentley, Henry Trimen

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
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Used - Very Good
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1st
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Hardcover
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Tokyo, Japan
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$2,500.00

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Very good complete copy of this last great English medical botany of the 19th century.With 306 fine hand-coloured botanical plates, several double-page, some finished with gum arabic, drawn from nature and lithographed by David Blair. Each dynamic plate filled to the edge with details of the plant's stalk, leaf, fruit, seed, branch and flower.Each plate with several pages of text including description, habitat, collection and commerce, general character and composition, medical properties and uses.Robert Bentley (1821-1893) was an English botanist and pharmacologist. He was professor in botany at King's College from 1859, and became a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 1874. Henry Trimen (1843-1896) was a London-born botanist who became director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Ceylon (Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka) from 1879-95. He also published The Flora of Ceylon (1893) David Blair (1820-1899?), was a botanical artist and lithographer who also worked on Transactions of the… Read More
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$2,500.00
Flowers from an Indian Garden
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Flowers from an Indian Garden: Second Series: Hope

by [Emily Eden]

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
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Tokyo, Japan
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$2,000.00

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A delightful Victorian botanical book by an aristocratic amateur artist living in IndiaTinted title page, 12 chromolithographic plates: preface printed in gold with botanical border, and 11 fine botanical plates each with text leaf printed in gold. Very fine botanical plates including group of flowers from Bombay, wild flowers from Mahableshwar, tulip tree, tuberose, Asian bleeding heart, jungle geranium, Bengal rose, crepe myrtle, tamarind, passionflower, lotus and the extinct Magnolia pterocarpa.Emily Eden (1797-1869) was an English aristocrat, writer, novelist and traveler who accompanied her brother George, Lord Auckland, to India from 1836 to 1842 when he was Governor-General. While Emily was sketching flowers, George launched the Afghan Campaign in 1839, "one of the worst disasters in British military history." Emily published books of travel writings Up the Country, 1866 and Letters from India, 1872, novels The Semi-Detached House 1859, and the Semi-Attached Couple 1860.She also privately… Read More
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$2,000.00
Herbal
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Herbal

by Anonymous

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  • good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
Unknown
Binding
Hardcover
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Tokyo, Japan
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$3,500.00

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Good copy of a herbal, possibly German from the late 16th centuryLacks title page, first 24 pages of text, first two pages of Latin index, pages 49-64, 321-328 and 385~391.With over 620 woodblock engravings of medical plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables in contemporary hand-colour. No text, but names of plants in Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian and German at the top of the plate. Index in Latin (missing A to D, starts with Eruum), Italian, French, Spanish and German.Perhaps a later pirate copy of Adam Lonicer's Herbarum, arborum, fruticum, frumentorum ac leguminum, Egenolph, Frankfurt, 1546. Lonicer (1528-1586) married printer Christian Egenolph's daughter and became a partner in the firm. From 1551, the firm published herbals under Lonicer's name.Early editions had the plant names printed Latin in Roman and Italic type, and German in Schwabacher type. This copy has up to six plant names in Latin, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Greek.Annotated with ink manuscript captions in English by… Read More
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$3,500.00