BLACKWELL, ELIZABETH. Vermehrtes und verbessertes Blackwellisches Kräuter-Buch... Herbarium Blackwellianum emendatum et auctum, id est... collectio stripium quae in pharmacopoliis ad medicum usum asservantur... cum praefatione... Christoph. Iacobi Trew. Nuremberg: [J. J. Flieschmann and] Christian de Launoy for Nicolaus Friedrich Eisenberger, [1747-] 1757-1773.
6 vols. bound in 4, folio, 357 x 230 mm., contemporary half calf, spines gilt with morocco and calf lettering-pieces, edges stained blue and marbled, slightly worn, some chipping to corners and extremities of spines, a few text leaves discolored, small stain to pl. 231, light damp-spotting to plates 268, 269a and 269b, a few other plates with one or two small spots, very occasional faint offsetting.
Parallel text in Latin and German, Centuries I-V with parallel German and Latin title-pages, the 6th century with German title only, titles dated 1757, 1754, 1757, 1760, 1765 and 1763, 6 hand-colored engraved titles, heightened in gold (ornamental rocaille title repeated for parts 1-5, part 6 title showing the plant Viscum Mancanillae) and 615 HAND-COLORED ENGRAVED PLATES, all but the last few by N. F. Eisenberger, engraved captions in Latin and German.
A fine copy of the expanded and artistically superior German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious herbal, which she had published in London in 1737 in an effort to rescue her husband from debtors' prison. Christoph Jakob Trew conceived the project of this German edition and wrote the text for the first 90 plates; the editing was continued by C. G. Ludwig of Leipzig, who commissioned the text from G. R. Böhme and E. G. Bose, leading botanists of Leipzig and Wittenberg. The edition was issued to subscribers in a total of 13 installments. The first 500 plates are copies of those in Blackwell's original edition, the remaining 115 plates being original. All but a few of the plants depicted are of medicinal use, the exceptions being a few poisonous and ornamental species in the sixth part. Elizabeth Blackwell, by this time a widow, apparently received no profit from this edition. This copy is one of the publisher's complete copies (i.e., not a subscriber's copy) with the reprinted title to Century I dated 1757.
Dunthorne 43; Great Flower Books, p. 50; Nissen BBI 169; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 546.
Provenance: John Jacob Reichel, engraved bookplate -- Unidentified bookplate (woodcut or line block) showing an angel holding a shield with donkey -- Robert de Belder (sale, Sotheby's London, 27-28 April 1987, lot 29). (4)