BRUNFELS, O. Herbarum Vivae Eicones ad naturae imitationem...; Novi Herbarii Tomus II; Tomus Herbarii III. Strassburg, Johann Schott, 1532; 1531; 1536. 3 volumes in one. Folio (270 x 190mm). pp. (8), 266, (6, index), (58, appendix); pp. (2), 90, (2, blank), 199, (5, index); 220, (4, of which last one blank), titles of volumes I and II within woodcut frame, woodcut bs to several pages, woodcut arms of Strassburg in vol. I, and 239 woodcuts. (Bound with:) DIOSCORIDES, P. De medicinali materia libri sex, Ioanne Ruellio suessionensi interprete. Singulis cum stirpium, tum animantium historiis ad naturae aemulationem expressis imaginibus... Additis etiam annotationibus... per Gualtherum H. Ryff. Frankfurt, Chr. Egenolph, 1543. Folio. pp. (24), 439, with printer's device one title and 595 woodcuts. (Together and probably issued with:) LONITZER, I. In Dioscoridae Anazarbei de re medica libros, a Virgilio Marcello ... cum rerum et vocabularum. Marburg, C. Egenolph, 1543. Folio. ff. (10), 86 (of 87), lacking leaf 85.
I. A complete copy of
Brunfels' herbal. The first volume in the second edition (the first
was published in 1530). The second and third volume in the first
edition. The last volume was posthumously edited by Michael Herr. It
is very uncommon to find all three volumes together, particularly the
last volume is scarce. As usual the work is found in mixed editions.
The title page of the first volume is laid down with small loss of
illustration at the right upper corner. Some contemporary marginalia,
partly trimmed when the book was rebound in the 18th? century. The
pagination of all three volumes is irregular as described by Hunt as
well as Johnston. The Brunfels' woodcuts, by Hans Weiditz, are some
of the finest botanical images of the sixteenth century. 'Brunfels
was the first great mind in modern botany, and as Sachs says, a new
epoch of natural sciences began with Brunfels, Bock, and Fuchs. They
broke away from the traditional old herbals... Brunfels demanded that
his plants be drawn from life and, through Weiditz' skill opened up
new horizons for future scientists; his appreciation of Weiditz' work
is glowingly expressed in a poem at the beginning of the book, and
thus for the first time the illustrator of a botanical book achieved
recognition' (Hunt 30). Stafleu & Cowan TL2 852, 853, 854. II.
First illustrated edition of Dioscorides, utilzing the Egenolph cuts
which appeared in a number of his publications. The text is based on
J. Ruelle's translation, edited and annotated by Ryff. Quite a number
of pages with contemporary annotations in the margin. Nissen BBI,
496. III. First edition of Lonitzer's scholia to Dioscorides, lacking
one leaf. Pritzel 5600 Provence: Thilo Irmisch, Sonderhusae, 22
octbr. 1861, German botanist, highschool teacher at Sonderhausen,
inscription on verso of title; William Wesley & Son Bookseller &
Publishers, London, with their ticket; bookplate of Edwards Sandford
Burgess; New York Horticultural Society, bequest of Kenneth K.
Mackenzie October 1934; Robert de Belder.
BRUNFELS, O. (Herbarum Vivae Eicones) Herbarium Tomis Tribus. Strassburg, Johann Schott, 1537; 1536; 1536 (appendix dated 1539). 3 volumes in one. Folio (305 x 200mm). pp. (8), 266, (6), (60, appendix, bound at end of volume); 313, (5, index), (2, blank); 240, (4), with 3 woodcut bs and 242 woodcuts. 19th century vellum, spine with black gilt lettered label.
This is the first
collected edition of the three volumes of Brunfels' famous herbal and
the first edition with a general title page for all three volumes.
The first volume 'Herbarium Tomus Tribus' in the third edition, the
second volume 'Novi Herbarii Tomus II' in the second edition and the
third volume 'Tomus Herbarii III' in the first edition, the last
volume posthumously edited by Michael Herr. one rarely finds all
three volumes together, the third one being particularly rare. If,
however, the three volumes are found together they are usually in
mixed editions. The Brunfels' woodcuts, by Hans Weiditz, are some of
the finest botanical images of the sixteenth century. 'Brunfels was
the first great mind in modern botany, and as Sachs says, a new epoch
of natural science began with Brunfels, Bock, and Fuchs. They broke
away from the tradition of the old herbals which, except for the
'Gart der Gesundheit' of 1485, had never represented any original
thinking. Brunfels demanded that his plants be drawn from life and,
through Weiditz' skill, opened up new horizons for future scientists;
his appreciation of Weiditz' work is glowingly expressed in a poem at
the beginning of the book, and thus for the first time the
illustrator of a botanical book achieved recognition' (Hunt 30). The
pagination of all three volumes is irregular, and decribed by Hunt as
well as Johnston. First title remargined and laid down. A very fine
copy of this important 16th. century herbal. Stafleu & Cowan TL2
852, 853, 854; Nissen BBI, 257.
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