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    Sale 2170

    Important Botanical Books

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 86

    FUCHS, Leonhard. Plantarum effigies. Lyon: Balthazar Arnoullet, 1549.

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    FUCHS, Leonhard. Plantarum effigies. Lyon: Balthazar Arnoullet, 1549.

    12o (114 x 70 mm). Printer's device on title. Portrait of Fuchs on verso of title, 517 small woodcuts. (Gatherings C and D transposed by binder.) Contemporary full vellum (some light staining.)

    First edition of this title, second use of these woodcuts. The small woodcuts figures are by Clement Boussy and were the first used in Fuch's De historia stirpium Lyon, 1549. The plants names are given in Greek, Latin, French, German, and Italian. The work is printed without text. Its small size and its "plate only" format made it possible to carry in the field for plant identification. Hunt 62; Meyer 98.


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