SWEERT, Emanuel (1552-1612). Florilegium ... tractans de variis floribus et aliis indicis plantis as vivum delineatum in duabus partis et quatuor linguis concinnatum. Frankfurt: A. Kempner, 1612-1614.
2 parts in one volume, 2° (397 x 255mm). Engraved hand-coloured allegorical title, heightened with gold. Second part with separate title with hand-coloured vignette. Engraved portrait of the author and 110 plates, ALL IN CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLOURING. (Margins of allegorical title very lightly soiled, small tears in lower margin of title, portrait and first leaf of dedication repaired, plates 9-13 in pt.I with very small brown stain, margin of last few plates in pt.II lightly spotted). Late 17th-century green stained vellum gilt, sides with wavy border incorporating flowers, thistles and acorns within a 3 small roll-tool outer border, flat spine lavishly decorated gilt, red morocco lettering-piece (rebacked with original spine relaid, new endpapers, very lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION OF PART I, second edition of part II, with all plates in contemporary hand-colouring. Emanuel Sweet, a Dutch florist and prefect of gardens for Emperor Rudolf II, issued the Florilegium in 1612. It was essentially an unpriced sale catalogue, in Latin, Dutch, German and French of Sweert's stock available for sale at the Frankfurt Fair. Over 560 different flowers are shown on the 110 plates, generally grouped by species and with a brief explanatory note for each one. Sweert copied the engravings from de Bry's Florilegium of 1611, which was itself partially based on a 1608 work by Pierre Vallet. The work was very popular, leading to 6 editions being published (one in Frankfurt, the others in Amsterdam) between 1612 and 1647. Nissen BBI 1920; Hunt 196.