New York, East
5 June 1997
FUCHS, LEONHARD. Primi de Stirpium Historia Commentariorum Tomi Vivae Imagines. Basel: Isingrin, 1549. 8vo, 169 x 108mm, contemporary panelled pigskin blindtooled with rolls and stamps, remains of two fore-edge clasps, darkened, leaves spotted, corners of final leaves dampstained, lightly browned, worming in blank section of final 2 leaves. SECOND EDITION, and the fourth use of these woodcuts. Printer's device on title, 517 woodcut illustrations of plants, about 10 woodcuts fully colored by an early hand, others with touches of coloring. Fuchs intended this work to be a handy guide to plant identification for collectors of specimens, and had the woodcuts of his 1542 folio edition reduced accordingly. It consists almost entirely of woodcuts with plant-names in Latin and German. The contemporary annotations in the present copy show that it was indeed used to identify specimens in the herbaria of three collectors. The annotations also give fuller details of a number of plants and cite Galen and Dioscorides on their medicinal properties. Hunt 63; Nissen BBI 661.
Provenance: Extensively annotated in a contemporary hand, and with lists of plants found in the herbaria of a "Seb.Sch.", "Chr. Leuschner" and "M. Mauritii" at end -- Kenneth K. Mackenzie; Horticultural Society of New York, bookplate and blindstamp.
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