24 June 2009
[L'ECLUSE, Charles de]. CLUSIUS, Carolus. Rariorum plantarum historia... Antwerp: J. Moretus, 1601. -- Curae posteriores. [Leyden]: Plantiniana Raphelengÿ, 1611.
2 volumes in one, 2o (323 x 213 mm). Engraved title in each volume and botanical illustrations throughout. (Rariorum without letterpress title-page and *1 ["Illustribus..."]). 18th-century half calf gilt (extremities scuffed). Provenance: Obscured contemporary ownership inscription on title-page and one or two scholarly annotations in the Rariorum; J.H.J. Van de Laar, physician (signatures on front paste-down and each engraved title-page).
FIRST EDITION of the first volume of the collected works of L'Ecluse (Rariorum Plantarum) with preliminary leaves closely conforming to the Arents copy which is also lacking the letterpress title-page and *1 and with the original "Privilegium" (a cancel in the Hunt copy). Containing the first edition of the "Fungorum historia," the first published monograph on fungi. Without the Altera Appendix. Bound with the FIRST FOLIO EDITION of Curae Posteriores, L'Ecluse's last work and published posthumously, was also printed in the same year in quarto with a letterpress title-page. It contains additions and corrections to his former works. Arber, Herbals, pp. 84-88; Hunt 180, 191 (4o edition of Curae); Johnston 149; Nissen BBI 372, 368 (4o edition of Curae); Pritzel 1759; Wellcome 1.1511, 1514 (4o edition of Curae).
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