24 June 2009
GESSNER, Conrad (1516-1565). Historia Plantarum fasciculus quem ex bibliotheca D. Christophori Iacobi Trew... Edited by D. Casimirus Christophorus Schmidel. Nuremberg: J.M. Seligmann, 1759.
2o (503 x 318 mm). 14 hand-colored engraved plates after Schmidel by Seligmann. (Some light dampstaining.) Contemporary half calf gilt (joints cracked, some light wear). Provenance: Phillip Miller (1691-1771), botanist and author of The Gardeners Dictionary (signature); Kenneth K. Mackenzie bequest, 1934, to the Horticultural Society of New York (bookplate); Robert de Belder; An Important Botanical Libary Part II (sold Christie's New York, 5 June 1997, part lot 622).
FIRST EDITION of volume II part one of the Opera Botanica from the library of Philip Miller, "the most important horticultural writer of the eighteenth century" (DSB, IX, p. 390). He was appointed curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden in 1722, and under his careful and skilful stewardship it became one of the most important gardens of its type in Europe, famous for the wealth of species assembled by Miller, who was dubbed "hortulanorum princeps" by his contemporaries. Nissen BBI 700.
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