New York, East
5 June 1997
FERRARI, GIOVANNI BATTISTA. De Florum Cultura Libri IV. Rome, 1633. 4to, 238 x 170 mm., contemporary vellum, covers and spine elaborately gilt, light staining to upper cover. FIRST EDITION, engraved frontispiece, engraved title, 6 engraved plates of parterres and 39 engraved plates illustrating plants, gardening, implements etc., after A.M. Variana, Pietro Cortona, Guido Reni and A Sacchi. Hunt 222 ("This is the first of Ferrari's elaborately illustrated books on botanical subjects... The Fame... rests more on the quality of the engraved plates than on their contribution to botanical knowledge"); Nissen 620; Pritzel 2877.
Provenance: Prince Borghese, bookplate.
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