JONSTON, John (1603-1675). Historiae naturalis de arboribus et plantis libri x. Tabulis centum triginta septem ab illo celeberinmo Mathia Meriano. Heilbronn: F.J. Eckebrecht, 1768.
2 volumes, 2o (342 x 205 mm). Engraved frontispiece after Matthew Merian by Melchior Ksell, 137 engraved plates (plate XI with slight thin spot within image, XVI with slight overall browning, some plates with scattered pale marginal spotting and occasional dampstaining, CI, CXVI, CXVII with small acid burns). Contemporary French calf gilt, the spines gilt (hinges weak, some overall wear and soiling).
Second edition. Jonston, a native of Scotland, "gained an extensive education while travelling (sometimes as a private tutor) in Germany, Scotland, England, and Holland. He attended St. Andrews, Cambridge, Leiden, and Frankfurt universities, obtaining M.D. degrees in 1632 at Cambridge (ad Eundem) and Leiden where he later practiced medicine... That Jonston's works failed to reach the standard of critical organization set by some of his contemporaries should not overshadow the significant contribution his works made to the growing interest in natural history during the seventeenth century" (DSB). The first edition of this work (Dendrographias) was published in 1662. The illustrations in this edition are restrikes from the original plates.
Nissen BBI 1007; Stafleu-Cowan 3408. (2)