DODOENS, Rembert. Cruydeboeck. Antwerp: Jan vander Loë, [1552-] 1554.
6 parts in one volume, 2o (280 x 185 mm). General title-page with woodcut border incorporating a vignette view of the "Hesperidum horti" (cavorting nudes, etc., the block signed "PB"), woodcut portrait of Dodoens, six sectional titles employing two different xylographic headings ("Des Cruydeboecks" and a cartouche), printed in gothic type, nine-line and smaller woodcut and metalcut initial capitals, and botanical illustrations throughout many by Arnaud Nicolai after Pieter van der Borcht, others derived from the series of woodcuts used in the octavo editions of Fuchs. (Title-page, 3k1 and 3k4 remargined, leaves of gathering * repaired in the gutter, some minor marginal repairs and others affecting the text or images on B5, B6, E5, F1,F2, F5 and n1, rust hole affecting the text on Gg5, gatherings C and D transposed by binder, lacking 3m1 of the final "Register.") Modern calf antique, slipcase.
FIRST EDITION of this celebrated herbal: "a national herbarium devoted to species indigenous to the Flemish provinces. The merit of this book was that rather than proceeding by alphabetical order, as Fuchs had done, dodoens grouped the plants according to their properties and their reciprocal affinities" (DSB). RARE: according to American Book Prices Current only two other copies have sold at auction in the last 30 years. Anderson pp. 173-180; Arboretum, p. 206; Nissen BBI 509; Plesch, Mille et un livres, p. 204; Pritzel 2344; Stafleu & Cowan 1482; not in Wellcome.