24 June 2009
ALPINUS, Prosper. De Plantis Exoticis Libri Duo. Venice: J. Guerilius, 1627.
Small 4o (190 x 132 mm). Engraved title-page, 145 engraved plates, woodcut initials head- and tail-pieces. (Some minor spotting and a few pale stains.) Near contemporary speckled calf (rebacked to style, endpapers renewed). Provenance: H[?enry]. Cavendish (18th-century ink stamp verso of engraved title); J. Paton (19th-century signature verso of engraved title).
FIRST EDITION of Alpini's posthumous catalogue of exotic plants recently introduced into cultivation, one of the very first books to be devoted entirely to such exotics. "...a notable contribution to Mediterranean floristics. This is especially true of the flora of Crete, many of whose plants were described for the first time" (DSB). Hunt 211; Johnston Cleveland Collections 175; Nissen BBI 21; NLM/Krivatsy 240; Wellcome I 236.
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