New York, East
5 June 1997
BAUHIN, JEAN and JEAN HENRI CHERLER. Historia Plantarum Universalis. Yverdon, 1650-51. 3 vols., folio, 383 x 232 mm., contemporary blind-stamped vellum over boards, joints cracking, a few repairs, boards somewhat bowed; minor worming on title and first few leaves in second volume, some overall browning and spotting, some leaves dampstained. FIRST EDITION, published posthumously by Dominique Chabrée and Franz Ludwig von Graffenried; Hunt's second issue of the third volume, with pagination and signatures partially corrected. 3 engraved additional titles, engraved portrait of Caspar Bauhin, and over 3500 small woodcuts in text. Hunt 251; Nissen BBI 103; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 368.
The Historia describes "about 5,000 species in a clear and accurate manner, taking into consideration all the organs and properties of the plants as well as their ecology. Though Jean Bauhin was not considered as great a botanist as his brother Gaspard, this encyclopaedia of botanical knowledge had enormous value" (Hunt).
Provenance: Peter Thacher, early ownership inscription on front free endpaper in first volume (dated 1698/9) -- "Libris Societatis Medicae Edinburgensis," inscriptions on each frontispiece -- Robert de Belder. (3)
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