BRUNFELS, OTTO. Herbarum Vivae Eicones ad natural imitationem; Novi Herbarii Tomus II; Tomus Herbarii III. Strassburg: Johann Schott, 1532; 1531 (2nd colophon: 14 Feb. 1532); 1536. [Bound with:] DIOSCORIDES, PEDACIUS. De medicinali materia libri sex. Frankfurt (and Marburg): Christian Egenolff, (1543). 4 works in one volume, folio, 273 x 187mm, later vellum, stained, repaired at spine, red edges, first page torn into frame and mounted, leaves browned, occasional dampstaining, some woodcuts and headlines trimmed, lacking 2 lvs. (P1-2) from Dioscorides, without blank leaves. FIRST EDITION of vols. II and III of the Herbarum vivae Icones, second edition of vol. I. Brunfels: titles of vols. I and II within woodcut frame, woodcut borders to several pages, woodcut arms of Strassburg in vol. I, ornamental and historiated initials, head- and tailpieces, printer's device at end of vol. II, allegorical woodcut on II:S3r, 239 woodcuts, mostly by Hans Weiditz. Dioscorides: printer's device on title, historiated initials, 595 woodcuts. Brunfels: Adams B-2924 (vol. I-II); Hunt 30 (a mixed edition); Nissen BBI 257 IB, IIA and III; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 852, 853, 854; Dioscorides: Adams D-663; Nissen BBI 496.
The third volume of Brunfels's great herbal was published posthumously. It contains 104 woodcuts, of which some but not all are by Weiditz.
Provenance: Georg Seefried(?), inscription dated 1555 on Dioscorides title -- numerous annotations, particularly in vol. III of Brunfels and in Dioscorides -- Edward Sanford Burgess, bookplate -- Kenneth K. Mackenzie; Horticultural Society of New York, bookplate.