VOLCKAMER, Johann Christoph (1644-1720). Nürnbergische Hesperides oder Gründliche Beschreibung der Edlen Citronat-, Citronen- und Pomeranzen-Früchte. Nuremberg: J.A. Endter, 1708. -- Continuation der Nürnbergischen Hesperidum, oder fernere gründliche Beschreibung... benebst einem Anhang von etlichen raren und fremden Gewächsen, als der Ananas, des Palm-Baums, der Coccus-Nüsse u.a.m. Nuremberg: for the author, Frankfurt and Leipzig: Endter, 1714.
2 volumes, 2o (365 x 332 mm and 352 x 220 mm). Together 248 engraved plates, including folding plates and 23 vignettes (first part with 116 (of 117?) plates) by P.Decker the younger, L.C. Glotsch, B. Kenckel, C.F. Krieger, Jos. a Montalegre, W. Pfan and J. Steinberger, T.G. Beckh, J.C. Dehne, Delsenbach, Krieger and F.P. Linder after Volckamer, P. Decker the older and P. Decker the younger. (Some light spotting and browning mostly to text, a few marginal tears, two foldings plates torn and repaired). Varying contemporary calf (rebacked, worn). Provenance: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Gift of Albert C. Burrage (bookplate, dated 1934).
FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED 18TH-CENTURY FRUIT BOOKS. The fine plates (with dark impressions) in a baroque style, primarily depict large scale citrus fruits above views of gardens, palaces, or villages set in a German (especially around Nuremberg), Austrian or Italian landscape. "A valuable work from these garden views alone" (Dunthorne). Most of the engraved plates are not signed. Nissen presumes that Paul Decker the younger is responsible for the majority of views in the first volume. Each volume is divided into five parts, with a total of eight parts devoted to citrus fruits, one part devoted to flowers and the fifth part of the second volume devoted to pineapples, palms and coconuts. Volckamer, a wealthy Nuremberg merchant, was one of the first to cultivate citrus fruits north of the Alps in his orangery. His garden the "Gostenhof" in the suburbs of Nuremberg is depicted on a large folding plate in the second volume and in other views. Dunthorne 323; Hunt 420; Great Flower Books p. 79; Nissen BBI 2076 and 2078.