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    Important Botanical Books

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 140

    MACER FLORIDUS (or AEMILIUS), [pseud., ODO OF MEUNG?]. Macri Philosophi de Virtutibus Herbarum et Qualitatibus Speciebus noviter inventus ac impressis. Venice: Bernardino dei Vitali, 10 June 1508.

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    MACER FLORIDUS (or AEMILIUS), [pseud., ODO OF MEUNG?]. Macri Philosophi de Virtutibus Herbarum et Qualitatibus Speciebus noviter inventus ac impressis. Venice: Bernardino dei Vitali, 10 June 1508.

    4o (193 x 144 mm). Collation: a-m8. 96 leaves, unfoliated. Roman type. Space for opening initial with guide letter, 3-line capital initials elsewhere. (Some light soiling to title.) 19th-century wrappers (head of backstrip torn); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Bibliotheca Venipontana (inkstamp on title); Kenneth K. Mackenzie; Horticultural Society of New York (bookplate, blindstamp on i4); An Important Botanical Library Part II (sold Christie's East, 5 June 1997, lot 488).

    Second edition from this press, apparently a reprint of Vitali's 1506 edition of this popular medieval didactic poem, a description in Latin hexameters of 77 or more plants and their properties (the text varies: some editions describe 86, 88, or more plants). Most of the many early printed editions are quite rare. 86 plants are described in this printed unillustrated Venetian edition. BM/STC Italian, p. 401; Brunet III, 1270; Hunt 22.


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