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    Sale 2170

    Important Botanical Books

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 148

    MATTIOLI, Pietro Andrea. De plantis epitome utilissima...novis plane, et ad vivum expressis iconibus, descriptionibusq... Frankfurt: [J. Feyrabend], 1586.

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    MATTIOLI, Pietro Andrea. De plantis epitome utilissima...novis plane, et ad vivum expressis iconibus, descriptionibusq... Frankfurt: [J. Feyrabend], 1586.

    4o (217 x 170 mm), Woodcut printer's device on title and 1003 woodcut illustrations in text (some light browning). Contemporary limp vellum, covers with stamped silver borders, upper cover stamped with initials "P E F" at center, lower cover with central ornament. Provenance: Botanisches Institut der K.K. Universität Wien (ink stamp on title); Kenneth K. Mackenzie, Horticultural Society of New York (bookplate); An Important Botanical Library (sale Christie's New York, 5 June 1997, part lot 521).

    The first Camerarius edition, with the first appearance of the remarkable Gesner/Camerarius suite of woodcuts. "The illustrations feature details of the flowers and fruits which are not commented upon in the text" (Cleveland Collections) and set a new standard in botanical illustration. Johnson Cleveland Collections 128; Durling 3029; Hunt 153; Nissen BBI 1308.


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