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DODOENS, Rembert (1517-1585). Stirpium historiae pemptades sex. Antwerp: Plantin-Moretus, 1616.

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DODOENS, Rembert (1517-1585). Stirpium historiae pemptades sex. Antwerp: Plantin-Moretus, 1616.

2° (350 x 225 mm). Roman letter. Engraved architectural title-page with figures of Theophrastus and Dioscorides, 1309 woodcuts in the text, Plantin's device on verso of final leaf. (Lightly browned, a few small rust-spots.) 19th-century half vellum, blue speckled edges. Provenance: John Hus (etched bookplate).

SECOND AND MOST DEFINITIVE EDITION of Dodoens' 'last and most comprehensive botanical work" (Hunt), including more illustrations than the first edition. Plantin had acquired a portion of the blocks, those already used for the octavo edition of Leonhard Fuchs' herbal, from the widow of Jan van der Loe, the publisher of Dodoens' Cruydeboek. The rest were the work of the artist Pieter van der Borcht, whose collection of paintings in the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin forms one of the most important surviving collections of 16th-century flower paintings. Hunt 201; Nissen BBI 517; Stafleu & Cowan 1489; cf. Anderson, counting 1,341 woodcuts.
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