24 June 2009
BOCK, Hieronymus. Verae atque ad vivum expressae imagines omnivum herbarum, fructicum, et arborum quarum nomenclaturam, ... Eigentliche und Warhafftige abbildung... aller Kreuter, Stauden, Hecken, unnd Beum. Strassburg, W. Rihel, 1553.
4o (194 x 148 mm). Interleaved with blanks. Woodcut portrait of author by David Kandel on verso of title-page, 567 numerous full-page woodcut illustrations (some light browning). Old English calf (rebacked). Provenance: Lancelot Browne (d.1605) prominent English Physician ("Lancilotus Brunnus" owners name and annotations).
A "picture-book edition" with plant names taken from the huge "New Kreutterbuch", the herbal first published with illustrations in 1546 which made Bock, alongside Fuchs and Brunfels, one of "The German Fathers of Botany." This was a more portable aide-memorie for the herbalist in the field; the pictures, commissioned from David
Kandel, are highly naturalistic and accurate. Kandel for most part based his woodcuts on those of Fuchs and Brunfels, but some one hundred are entirely original. Lancelot Browne, was a prominent physician, who tended Elisabeth I, James I, and his queen. He was amongst a group entrusted by the Royal College of Physicians in 1589 with the
preparation of a pharmacopoeia, and in 1594 was on a committee appointed for the same purpose. The present volume may well have been used by Browne in his preparatory work Brunet I:1023; Graesse I: 458; Pritzel; 980. BMC/STC German p. 131.
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