CRESCENTIIS, Petrus de (ca 1230-ca 1310). De omnibus agriculturae partibus, & de Plantarum animaliumque; natura & utilitate lib. xii.... Ad autoris tempo rescripta exemplaria denuo collati & emendati. Basel: Heinrich Petri, (1548).
2o (313 x 201 mm). Roman type, woodcut printer's device on title and on verso of last leaf, dedication page (a2r) with four-part woodcut architectural border, 189 small text woodcuts showing scenes of agriculture and animal husbandry, animals, and plants, woodcut historiated initials. Contemporary blind-ruled calf over wooden boards, spine gilt (lacks clasps, light wear to spine ends and joints, later spine labels).
Second Petri edition (the first 1538), handsomely printed and illustrated with a series of woodcuts unique to Petri's editions. "Petri seems to have used an entirely different set of blocks for all of the illustrations for his edition... The woodcuts of plants are finely cut, delicate and lively, and much in the character of the best done in Brunfels and Fuchs, though a good deal smaller" (Hunt). Adams C-2929; Hunt 58.
LONITZER, Adam (1528-1586). Naturalis Historiae opus novum. Frankfurt: Christopher Egenolff, 1551.
2o. Printer's devices on title, 631 woodcuts, woodcut historiated initials.
FIRST EDITION, without the Naturalis Historia tomus II Frankfurt, 1555. While remaining in the medieval tradition of herbals, Lonitzer's Naturalis historiae, in both Latin and German editions, proved immensely popular and remarkably long-lived, being published regularly for the following 250 years. NLM/Durling 2848; Nissen BBI 1229.