Commentarii, "present one curious feature: the engraver, afflicted apparently by a horror vacui has decorated the blank spaces of his blocks with insects and falling flowers (Blunt & Stearn, p.86). "[A] compilation of the botanical knowledge available at that date...important because it shows another groping attempt at a classification of plants..." (Hunt). Provenance: "J.Langerii," eighteenth-century inscription on first titlepage -- "MB," engraved bookplate with coronet. " /> [DALÉCHAMPS, JACQUES.] Historia Generalis Plantarum, Lyons: G. Roville, 1587-86. <I>2 vols. in one, folio, 384 x 236 mm., contemporary blindstamped half calf over wooden boards, scuffed, later morocco spine label, clasps and catches lacking, free endleaves excised, first title and a few preliminary leaves with marginal soiling, early owner's name inked out on first titlepage, marginal dampstains (generally light and mostly not affecting text),</I> FIRST EDITION of an extensive French herbal, frequently reprinted, with appendix of exotic plants including New World plants (largely from Acosta), title-pages printed in red and black with Roville's large device within an elaborate entablature, 2751 quarter-page woodcuts of plants, many including depictions of small winged insects in the blank areas surrounding the plants, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and 8-line historiated capitals (many depicting birds). Baudrier IX, pp.396-7 and 403; Hunt 154 (dated 1587-1586, questioning Baudrier's 1586 date for vol.1): Nissen 446; Safleu & Cowan ("most copies [all seen by us] of vol.1 bear the date of 1587"). The woodcuts, first employed in a 1579 Lyons edition of Matthioli's <I>Commentarii</I>, "present one curious feature: the engraver, afflicted apparently by a <I>horror vacui</I> has decorated the blank spaces of his blocks with insects and falling flowers (Blunt & Stearn, p.86). "[A] compilation of the botanical knowledge available at that date...important because it shows another groping attempt at a classification of plants..." (Hunt). <I>Provenance</I>: "J.Langerii," eighteenth-century inscription on first titlepage -- "MB," engraved bookplate with coronet. | Christie's