Bry | Florilegium renovatum et auctum, Frankfurt, 1641, coloured plates, calf gilt

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May 18, 05:10 PM GMT


100,000 - 150,000 GBP

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Johann Theodor de Bry

Florilegium renovatum et auctum. Frankfurt: Matthias Merian, 1641 (-1644)

Folio (308 x 197mm.), additional engraved title-page, double-page engraved plate of the large garden of Johannes Schwindt (the dedicatee) in Frankfurt, 175 (of 176) engraved plates (numbered 1-32 and 1-142, final plate unnumbered, of which 6 double-page), all hand-coloured and enhanced with liquid gold, later manuscript index on 7 pages bound in after title-page, coloured drawing of a cyclamen on blank after plate 71, 4 leaves of drawings of fruits and seeds at end, blank interleavings throughout (with watermark of a foolscap and countermark DV, close to Piccard DE8085-PO-211569, dated 1659), old manuscript pagination (including blank leaves), contemporary calf gilt (the centrepiece older than the roll-tooled borders), rebacked retaining original gilt spine with later green morocco lettering-piece "Florum cultura", lacking letterpress title and all 6 text leaves (containing dedication, preface and a brief description of the garden), lacking plate 50 (of irises), title-page colouring partly adhering to facing blank page, plate of garden repaired along centre fold with slight damage, lower joint breaking