17 November 2004
FUCHS, Leonhard (1501-1566). Primi de stirpium. Basel: [Michael] Isingrinius, 1545.
8° (154 x 100mm). Title with woodcut device. 516 full-page woodcut illustrations with names at head in roman and gothic, a few cuts with early hand-colouring. (Waterstained, final leaf with 4 large holes at inner margin slightly affecting illustration on recto.) Contemporary calf (extremities worn). Provenance: copious pencil annotations, supplying Linnean classification and references -- Johann Hus Bibliotek (etched bookplate). FIRST OCTAVO EDITION OF FUCHS' HERBAL with reduced copies of the woodcuts in reverse. Adams F-1127; Nissen BBI 661.
BULLIARD, Jean Baptiste François (1752-1793). Flora Parisiensis. Paris: P.F. Didot le jeune, 1776-1783.
5 volumes, 8° (220 x 130mm). Hand-coloured engraved title to vol.I, letterpress titles to vols. II-V, 2 hand-coloured engraved plates of figures accompanied by a 2-page engraved table on one leaf, 640 hand-coloured engraved plates of plants numbered in a contemporary hand. (Plate 152 slightly soiled, occasional offsetting to text, a few spots and stains, 'table françoise' slightly misbound, without the optional letterpress title to vol. I.) Contemporary French cat's paw calf (some joints cracked, extremities worn). FIRST EDITION OF BULLIARD'S FINELY-ILLUSTRATED PARISIAN FLORA. Dunthorne 69; Great Flower Books p. 52; Nissen BBI 295; Stafleu and Cowan 902 and 904. (6)
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