BLACKWELL, Elizabeth (?1700-1758). Herbarium Blackwellianum emendatum et auctum, Nuremberg: Christianus de Lavnoy (vols. 1-4), heirs of Christianus de Lavnoy (vol.5), Joannes Fleischman (vol. 6), -1773. 6 volumes, 2° (362 x 234mm). 6 hand-coloured frontispieces with lettering in gold, 605 hand-coloured plates, pastedowns and endpapers with hand-drawn red and blue geometric design (vol. 2 lacking 10 plates, neat tear to one plate and some marginal dampstaining in text, vol. 4, 5, 6 some spotting on margins of a few plates, a little browning in text). Contemporary mottled calf gilt, monogram JGC on front cover, coat of arms on back, morocco spine labels, mottled edges (vol. 1 and 4, a little chipped). Provenance: JGC (contemporary gilt monogram on front board, gilt coat of arms of four compartments with double-headed eagle and bear, crowned, on back board).
EXPANDED GERMAN AND LATIN VERSION of Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal (London: [Samuel Harding], 1737-1739). Blackwell undertook these drawings, which she engraved and coloured herself, with the encouragement of Sir Hans Sloane. This German edition was overseen, until his death, by the renowned Nuremberg physician and natural historian, Dr. Christopher Jacob Trew (1695-1769), who was in contact with Sloane and other English botanists. Trew also wrote the text, a translation of Blackwell's brief notes and his own additional lengthy notes, for the first ninety plates. The remaining text was written by G.R. Böhmer of Wittenberg and E.G. Bose of Leipzig under the supervision of C.G. Ludwig of Leipzig. N.J. Eisenberger was responsible for re-engraving Blackwell's original 500 plates and providing an additional 100. Publication began in 1747, on a subscription basis, and the text and plates were issued simultaneously until 1749, after which the text was published in arrears. This is the publisher's complete copy with the reprinted title page for the first volume dated 1757. Nissen BBI 169; Stafleu and Cowan 546; BM(NH) p.169.