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FUCHS, LEONHARD. Primi de Stirpium Historia Commentariorum Tomi Vivae Imagines. Basel: Isingrin, 1545. FIRST EDITION. Printer's device on title, 517 woodcuts of plants, the text consisting of identifications of each plant in Latin and German. [Bound with:] FUCHS. De Historia Stirpium Commentarii insignes. Paris: Maturinus Dupuy, 1546. 8vo, 162 x 105mm, early limp vellum, corners restored, new ties, without one of two final blank leaves. Nissen BBI 661 (Primi de stirpium historia commentariorum); Pritzel 3138 (De historia stirpium, note).

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FUCHS, LEONHARD. Primi de Stirpium Historia Commentariorum Tomi Vivae Imagines. Basel: Isingrin, 1545. FIRST EDITION. Printer's device on title, 517 woodcuts of plants, the text consisting of identifications of each plant in Latin and German. [Bound with:] FUCHS. De Historia Stirpium Commentarii insignes. Paris: Maturinus Dupuy, 1546. 8vo, 162 x 105mm, early limp vellum, corners restored, new ties, without one of two final blank leaves. Nissen BBI 661 (Primi de stirpium historia commentariorum); Pritzel 3138 (De historia stirpium, note).

Although Isingrin had catered for a variety of audiences in his production of the first editions of Fuchs's herbal, he neglected to provide a pocketbook edition containing both text and pictures. An early owner has combined the first Latin edition containing only woodcuts with a Paris edition containing only text. The sheer volume of the work necessitated an even greater reduction in the size of the woodcuts for a practicable complete octavo edition, and it was Arnoullet at Lyons who successfully printed such an edition with the miniature woodcuts commisssioned from Boussy.

Provenance: Some plant-names added in French in a neat, early hand -- Robert de Belder.
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