London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
CRESCENTIIS, Petrus de (?1230-?1310). De omnibus agriculturae partibus, & de plantarum animaliumque; natura & utilitate lib. XII, Basel: Heinrich Petri, March 1548. 2° (325 x 210mm). Printer's device on title and verso of final leaf, dedication within four-part woodcut architectural border, 189 small woodcuts in the text depicting scenes of agriculture and animal husbandry, animals and plants. (Title lightly thumb-soiled, some light waterstaining, severe at beginning and stronger at end, light spotting.) Old calf-backed boards (worn). Provenance: old signatures on title, occasional annotations and underlining.
Second Petri edition (the first 1538), handsomely printed and illustrated with a series of woodcuts unique to Petri's editions. "Petri seems to have used an entirely different set of blocks for all of the illustrations for his edition... The woodcuts of plants are finely cut, delicate and lively, and much in the character of the best done in Brunfels and Fuchs, though a good deal smaller" (Hunt). Adams C2930; Hunt 58; not in Nissen.
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