Folio (12 3/8 x 8 1/8 in.; 315 x 205 mm). binding: Eighteenth-century vellum over pasteboard, slightly overlapping fore-edges, manuscript title on spine, plain endpapers, red edges. Half black morocco folding-case.
Lacking letterpress title (A2), A3 remargined at bottom and with clean tear or cut at inner margin, A4 repaired at lower fore-edge margin obscuring one letter of catchword, small loss or paper flaw to fore-edges of plates 1.3 and 109, one gathering of garden design plates (5–8) bound upside-down, plate 112 short at fore-edge, a very few small scattered marginal stains or rust-spots. Binding very lightly soiled.
Among the entirely new plates contributed by Merian are the six full-sheet illustrations of exotic plants: plates 85 (Lilium liliorum), 86 (Lilium wran. multifolium), 113 (Stramonia Ægyptiaca), 116 (Ficus Indica minima), 123 (Narcissus de Alepo & Hyacinthus Comosus ramosus), and 142 (Hyiucca sive Yuca Canadana). The final, unnumbered plate has an integral date of 1647 and depicts a rose that bloomed in Prague.
Although Nissen calls for 177 plates, copies with the full complement of engravings—as in the Allen copy—are very rare, with most copies lacking at least one plate among 50A, 142 (evidently issued in 1644), and the terminal rose of Prague.
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