PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ANITA PEEK GILGER, M.D.
FERRARI, Giovanni Battista. Hesperides sive de malorum aureorum cultura et usu. Libri quatuor. Rome: Hermann Scheus, 1646.
2o (351 x 234 mm). Engraved additional title, 101 engraved plates on 100 sheets by Cornelis Bloemaerts and others. (Light browning and staining, a few short marginal tears). Rebound in calf, old sides laid down. Provenance: purchased from Lathrop C. Harper, 1966.
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK DEVOTED TO CITRUS FRUIT, and one of the most attractive of all Baroque botanical works. The plates of the fruit were drawn and engraved by Cornelis Bloemaert, "one of the great Dutch seventeenth-century botanical artists" (Hunt). Cleveland Collections 206; Hunt 243; Nissen BBI 621; Pritzel 2878.