CLUSIUS, CAROLUS. Rariorum aliquot Stirpium, per Pannoniam, Austriam, & vicinas quasdam Prouincias obseruatorum Historia, quatuor libris expressa. [Bound with:] Stirpium nomenclator Pannonicus. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1583-1584. 8vo, 167 x 99 mm., contemporary vellum, lacking ties, slightmarginal dust-soiling, some browning, small worm track to lower blank fore-margins, and a bit browned. FIRST EDITION, second issue, with the errors due to the hasty printing of the first issue corrected and the additional quires CC-DD8 containing further plants and an index, without the quire Y.. printed later in Vienna and included in some copies, 361 full-page woodcuts. Nomenclator: Second edition, 8 leaves (only one copy is known of the first edition of 1583); printer's devices on titles, woodcut initials. Hunt 144 and 149; Nissen BBI 371; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 1147-1148; Voet 1008.
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST FLORA OF THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN REGION, and the only illustrated edition for the following 200 years, based on Clusius's botanical discoveries during trip through Austria in 1574.
Provenance: Latin motto dated 1584 on front flyleaf -- Guilielmus Marequis of Antwerp, early inscription below, followed by -- Laurentius Beÿrlinx, Canon, Archpresbyter, and censor of the city of Antwerp, inscription dated 17 June 1624 stating that he received the book as a gift from the aforecited -- Carolae ac Mariae Lacaitae et filiorum, Selhan, Sussex, 19th-century bookplate -- Leolyn Louise Everett, bookplate -- Robert de Belder.