24 June 2009
DODOENS, Rembert (1517-1585). Stirpium historiae pemptades sex. Antwerp: Plantin-Moretus, 1616.
2o (345 x 232 mm). Engraved architectural title-page with figures of Theophrastus and Dioscorides, 1309 woodcuts in the text, Plantin's device on verso of final leaf (some light browning). Contemporary blindstamped pigskin over paste-boards (upper joint cracked, endpapers renewed).
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; see Anderson, counting 1,341 woodcuts.
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