19 December 2002
DURET, Claude (d. 1611). Histoire admirable des plantes et herbes esmerveillables & miraculeuses en nature: mesmes d'aucunes qui sont vrays zoophytes, ou plant-animales, plantes & animaux tout ensemble, pour avoir vie vegetative, sensitive & animale. Paris: Nicholas Buon, 1605.
8o (157 x 95 mm). Woodcut device on title, woodcut initials and 28 full-page woodcuts in text (nine with outer margins a bit cropped). Contemporary mottled sheep, spine gilt (chipped at head of spine, a bit rubbed).
FIRST EDITION of this fanciful compilation describing exotic and mythological plants, with illustrations of several trees that engender live birds, a tree with leaves that can walk, and a "Borametz," a lamb-like creature which grows attached to a tree trunk. Brunet II:916; Graesse II:453; Nissen BBI 571.
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