COMMELIN.HORTI MEDICI AMSTELODAMENSIS. 1697
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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- Horti medici amstelodamensis rariorum plantarum descriptio et icones. Amsterdam: P. and J. Blaeu, 1697–1701
FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes, folio (395 x 255mm.), half-titles, engraved additional titles, printed titles in Latin (red and black) and Dutch, both with woodcut devices, 3 dedication leaves, 5 engraved plates of arms (dedication leaves and arms vary from copy to copy), 223 fine engraved plates, early MS nomenclatures on plates, contemporary speckled calf, occasional light browning or spotting, joints and extremities worn
George Roffavier, bookplate; Ruth and Walter Middelmann, bookplate
Dunthorne 81; Great Flower Books, p.54; Hunt 399; Nissen BBI 389; Stafleu TL2 1187
“The first volume, on the plants of the East and West Indies, was Jan Commelin’s most important contribution to botanical knowledge; it was brought out posthumously by his nephew Caspar. The second volume was by Caspar Commelin and contained an enlargement on some of the notes in Jan’s book, with further notes on African plants” (Hunt). According to Nissen, some of the engravings are after drawings by Johanna Herolt, daughter of Maria Sybilla Merian.