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Rare early edition of a popular book of botanical, mineralogical and zoological wonders
with a large woodcut of the author among his books

ALBERTUS MAGNUS (pseudo). Liber secretorum ... De virtutibus herbarum: & animalium quorundam. Eiusdemq[ue] liber De mirabilibus mundi: & etiam de quibusdam effectibus causatis a quibusdam animalibus &c.
(Colophon: Venice, Johan Baptist Sessa, 12 February 1502). Small 4to (21 x 15.5 cm). With a large woodcut portrait of the author at his desk. Gold-tooled maroon morocco (ca. 1870/90?) for James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk (1827-1905), gilt edges. Full description
€ 12,500
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265 beautiful botanical lithographs of medicinal plants, coloured by hand as published

ANSLIJN, Nicolaas Nicolasz. Afbeelding der artsenij-gewassen, welke in de Nederlandsche apotheek als zoodanige vermeld zijn. Naar de beste uitlandsche afbeeldingen geteekend en op steen gebragt.
Leiden, D. du Mortier and son, [1830-]1832-1838. 4 parts. Folio (34 x 24 cm). With "266" [= 265 as usual] lithographed plates, all finely coloured by hand as published. Unbound in porfolio boards. Full description
€ 2,750
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Milestone in the development of botany,
describing over 5000 plants, more than half illustrated,
from the library of Haskell F. Norman

BAUHIN, Jean and Jean Henri CHERLER. Historia plantarum universalis.
Yverdon, 1650-1651. 3 volumes. Folio. With 3 engraved and 3 letterpress title-pages and 3577 woodcut illustrations in text. The first engraved title-page contains the portraits of the great botanists, with the portraits of Bauhin and Cherler below. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 13,500
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Attractively illustrated and popular medical work

BEVERWIJCK, Johan van and Jacob CATS. Wercken der genees-konste.
Amsterdam, (widow of) Jan Jacobsz. Schipper, 1672. 3 volumes bound as 1. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, 28 engravings in volume one, 29 engravings in volume two (including one on the title-page) and 20 engravings (including one on the title-page) plus 1 woodcut in volume three. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,250
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12 pharmaceutical plant illustrations

BILLBERG, Gustaf Johan. Ekonomisk botanik, för landtbruk, trädgårdar och apotek.
Stockholm, Carl Delen, 1815-1816. 6mo[!] (24 x 14 cm). 2 parts. With title-page and 12 plates, engraved by Ruckman and coloured by a contemporary hand. Each part in the original publisher's printed paper wrappers. Full description
€ 1,850
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The last great pre-Linnaean botanical catalogue,
recording 5850 plants in the Leiden botanical garden, with 40 plates

BOERHAAVE, Herman. Index alter plantarum, quae in Horto Academico Lugduno Batavo aluntur.
Leiden, Boudewijn and Pieter Jansz. vander Aa, 1727. 2 volumes. 4to. With 40 engraved plates (3 folding, including 2 printed from 2 copper plates each), 1 showing a plan of the botanical garden and the others showing plants. Contemporary half roan, covered with plain paper at an early date. Full description
€ 1,950
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60 lovely illustrated poisonous plants and fungi

[CASTELLIZ, Anton August and others]. Naturgeschichte der Giftpflanzen, die in der oesterreichischen Pharmakopie officinäl sind. Mit einem Anhang von den noch über dieß in den andern deutschen Officinen vorgeschriebenen oder sonst vorzüglich kennenswürdigen Giftpflanzen und Giftschwämmen. Für Ärzte, Arzneybereiter und zur Vermeidung des schädlichen Vergreifens im allgemeinen Leben.
Vienna, Reilly, 1807. 8vo. With 60 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary paste-paper boards. Full description
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Declaring Arabic medicinal plants “pernicious and venomous” for Europeans

CHAMPIER, Symphorien. Hortus Gallicus, pro Gallis in Gallia scriptus, veruntamen non minus Italis, Germanis, & Hispanis, qua[m] Gallis necessarius. ...
Including:
-Campus Elysius Galliae Amoenitate refertus: in quo sunt medicinæ compositæ, herbæ & plantæ virentes: in quo quicquid apud Indos, Arabes, & Poenos reperitur, ...
-Periarchon id est de principiis utriusque philosophiae, ...
Lyon, Melchior & Gaspar Trechsel, 1533. 3 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With 3 title-pages each with the same woodcut device, the woodcut arms of Champier and Terrail (Champier's wife) in mirror image (plus 2 repeats), the Terrail arms at the end, 14 woodcut decorated initials plus 9 repeats, and a vine-leaf ornament. Gold-tooled red goatskin morocco by Hippolyte Duru for Joachim Gomez de la Cortina, Marqués de Morante, each board with Morante's crowned coat of arms and his crowned JGC cipher monogram in each of the four corners and 3 of the 6 spine compartments. Full description
€ 18,000
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One of the earliest herbals with etched plates

COLONNA, Fabio. [In Greek: Phytobasanos] sive plantarum aliquot historia in qua describuntur diversi generis plantae veriores, ac magis facie, viribúsque respondentes antiquorum Theophrasti, Dioscoridis Plinii, Galeni, aliorúmque delineationibus, ab aliis hucusque non animadversae. ... etiam piscium aliquot, plantarúmque novarum historia eodem auctore.
Naples, Horatio Salviani, Jacobus Carlino and Antonius Pace, 1592. 4to. With Salviani's woodcut device on title-page, 37 full-page etched botanical and ichthyological illustrations on integral leaves (8 x 13 cm), 33 of plants & 4 of fish and other marine species, each in a border built up from cast fleurons and rules, dozens of woodcut decorated initials (4 series) and further decorations built up from cast fleurons. Set in roman types with the preliminaries in italic and several passages in Greek. Gold-tooled brown calf (ca. 1700?), sprinkled edges. Full description
€ 14,500
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First Italian edition of a pioneering work on medicinal plants in Asia & America

COSTA, Cristóvão da (Cristóbal ACOSTA). Trattato ... della historia, natura, et virtu delle droghe medicinali, & altri semplici rarissimi, che vengono portati dalle Indie Orientali in Europa, con le figure delle piante ritratte, & disegnate dal vivo poste a' luoghi proprii. Nuovamente recato dalla Spanuola nella nostra lingua.
Venice, Francesco Ziletti, 1585. 4to. With 45 nearly full-page woodcuts of plants, 2 nearly full-page woodcuts of two Indian elephants. A few woodcuts of plants (leaves) have been simply coloured by a contemporary hand. Recased in early limp sheepskin parchment. New endpapers. Full description
€ 9,500
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Plants and dyes

DE BEUNIE, Joannes Baptista. Antwoord op de vraege welk zyn de profytelykste planten van dit land, ende welk is hun gebruyk zoo in de medicynen als in andere konsten.
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(2) DU RONDEAU, François. Mémoires sur la question: quelles sont les plantes les plus utiles des Pays-Bas, & que lest leur usage dans la medicine & dans les arts.
(3) DE BEUNIE, Joannes Baptista. Antwoord op de vraege welk is de beste ende onkostbaerste maniere van vlasse gaeren ende andere vegitabile stoffen swert te verwen, …
Brussels, Antonius d’Ours, 1772. 3 works in 1 volume. 4to. Modern blue paper wrappers. Full description
€ 975
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Popular work with many medicinal and household recipes, also including Kircher on magnetism

DIGBY, Kenelm, Nicolaus PAPINIUS and Athanasius KIRCHER. Theatrum sympateticum, ofte wonder toneel der natuurs verborgentheden. ... Benevens twee waardige vervolgen, van veele zeldsame antipathien en sympathien. Als mede, hoe dat de dieren, planten, metalen, &c. zonder zaad of voortteelinge konnen voort komen, ... Vierde druk.
Amsterdam, Nicolaas ten Hoorn, 1727. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece by Jan Luyken. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,750
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A curious history of tobacco

[GAVELLI, Niccolo]. Storia distinta, e curiosa del tabacco concernente la sua scoperta, la introduzione in Europa, e la maniere di coltivarlo,...
Pesaro, Niccolo Gavelli, 1758. 8vo. With the title-page in first issue with “copiosa” (for “curiosa”) corrected with a slip reading “cur” pasted over the first three letters. Contemporary gold-tooled calf. Full description
€ 1,500
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Hand-coloured plates of 96 plants and flowers,
with comments on their medicinal properties

GOOD, Peter Peyto. Good's family flora. A materia medica botanica, containing the botanical analysis, natural history, and chemical and medical properties of plants.
[Volume 1]: New York, J.K. Wellman (back of title-page: S.W. Benedict), 1845; [Volume 2]: Elizabethtown, by the author, [1847]. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a tinted lithographed frontispiece in each volume and 98 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Contemporary blind-blocked black cloth. Full description
€ 750
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The 16 original watercolour drawings for Halle’s 1784 book of poisonous plants

[HALLE, Johann Samuel]. [Drawings for Die deutsche Giftpflanzen].
[Berlin, ca. 1784]. 8vo. Complete set of 16 watercolour botanical drawings for Halle's 1784 publication, each in a thin black-line border with the German plant name in black ink inside the frame at the foot (in 6 cases also the number of the intended facing page) and the intended plate number in the upper right corner. The Latin names have been added in pencil below the borders.
With: (2) HALLE, Johann Samuel. Die deutsche Giftpflanzen, .... [Erster-]Zweyter Theil.
Berlin, Wilhelm Oehmigke the younger, 1794-1795. 8vo. 2 volumes bound as 1. With 16 (volume 1) and 8 (volume 2) engraved plates, coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary tanned half sheepskin. Full description
€ 3,500
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Watercolour drawings of indigenous Dutch plants

[DRAWINGS - BOTANICAL]. HARST, Leendert Johannes van der. [Collection of 52 botanical watercolour drawings, mostly signed "v.d. H."].
[Utrecht], 1878-1879, 1893. Collection of 52 drawings, containing 46 watercolour drawings on wove and laid paper (most measuring ca. 31.5 x 20), with plant name, date and signature "v.d. H." added in manuscript, 1 double-page watercolour of grasses, 4 smaller sketches in pencil, and 2 pen and in ink drawings, one showing a cross-section of a live sponge, and the other a small caricature of gentleman (Van der Harst?) standing between animated plants and flowers, smelling a flower. Contemporary portfolio, made from 2 paperboards. Full description
€ 2,750
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Rare herbal intended for apothecaries

[HERBAL]. Nöthige, zuverlässige und kurze Nachricht von denenjenigen Stücken aus dem Pflanzenreiche, welche in den Apotheken der meisten Länder Europens aufbehalten werden müssen, zum Gebrauche der Apotheken verfertiget und dem Drucke übergeben.
Dresden, Johann Nikolaus Gerlach and son, 1764. 8vo. With an engraved plate showing the annual flowering plant Chenopodium botrys. Contemporary boards, spine strengthened with marbled paper. Full description
€ 1,250
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Exotic and other plants in the Leiden botanical garden, with 107 full-page engravings

HERMANN, Paul. Horti Academici Lugduno-Batavi catalogus exhibens plantarum omnium nomina, quibus ab anno MDCLXXXI ad annum MDCLXXXVI hortus fuit instructus ut & plurimarum in eodem cultarum & à nemine hucusque editarum descriptiones & icones ...
Leiden, Cornelius Boutesteyn, 1687. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece and 106 full-page engravings on integral leaves (at least 1 by Jacob Harrewijn). Contemporary gold-tooled calf. Full description
€ 2,250
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Botany for women and girls
with 2 illustrated title-pages and 36 flower plates, all hand-coloured

[KRAUSS, Johan Carl]. Eerste beginselen der kruid-kunde IIde[-IIIde] deel. Tot onderrichting en vermaak voor het schoone geslacht, als ook voor die genen die de eerste beginselen der kruidkunde beöefenen.
Amsterdam, Jan Barend Elwe, 1810. 2 (of 3) volumes. 12mo. With 2 engraved title-pages, and 36 botanical flower and herb plates: 4 in volume 2 and 32 in volume 3. Contemporary boards covered with the original publisher's engraved paper. Full description
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On the cultivation of fruit trees and the the planning of a herb and flower garden

[LE GENDRE, Antoine]. Der curieuse Pfropff- und Oculir-Meister, so da anweiset, wie eine vollkommene Baum-Schule und Pflantz-Garten anzulegen, und zu unterhalten sey, … Deme noch beygefüget der wohl untersuchte Kraut- und Blumen-Gärtner.
Hannover and Wolfenbüttel, Gottfried Freytag, 1702. 2 parts in 1 volume. 12mo. With engraved frontispiece. Contemporary half vellum, recased with modern endpapers. Full description
€ 1,650
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First dated edition, with ca. 800 hand-coloured woodcuts, in contemporary blind-tooled pigskin

[LONICER, Adam?]. Herbarum, arborum, fruticum, frumentorum ac leguminum. Animalium praeterea terrestrium, volatiliu[m] & aquatilium, ... Kreutter, Bäume, Gesteude, unnd Frücht, ...
Frankfurt am Main, Christian Egenolff, 1546. 4to. With a large woodcut on the title-page showing a gardener at work with his tools, and about 800 woodcut illustrations in the text. About 700 show trees, fruit, edible and medicinal plants, while the rest show insects, a tick, coral, shells, various sea and land animals and a view of a pond with plants and birds. With all woodcuts coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary pigskin over wooden boards, richly blind-tooled in a panel design with two rolls; brass clasps and catch-plates with engraved decoration. Full description
€ 28,000
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Botanical manuscript describing nearly 200 Dutch poisonous plants,
with an unpublished pharmacological manuscript

MIQUEL, Friedrich Anton Wilhelm. Over de Noord-Nederlandsche vergiftige gewaschen.
[Rotterdam?, 1836?]. 4to. Manuscript in brown ink on laid paper, written in Dutch in a small but neat Latin hand.
With: (2) [MIQUEL, Friedrich Anton Wilhelm?]. Pharmacie.
[Rotterdam?, ca. 1845?]. 8vo. Manuscript in brown ink on wove paper, written in Dutch in a small but neat Latin hand. Near contemporary half cloth, with the second manuscript never sewn or bound and loosely inserted. Full description
€ 4,500
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One of the finest works on medical plants

NEES VON ESENBECK, Theodor Friedrich Ludwig. Plantae officinales oder Sammlung officineller Pflanzen.
Düsseldorf, Arnz and Company, [1821]-1833. 4 volumes. Folio. With lithographed title-pages for the plate- and supplement-volumes; in total 552 plates, nearly all hand-coloured. Contemporary red half sheepskin. Full description
€ 19,500
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Dutch adaptation of Zorn's "Icones plantarum medicinalium",
with 600 hand-coloured plates

[OSKAMP, Dirk Leonard, Martin HOUTTUYN and Carl KRAUSS]. Afbeeldingen der artseny-gewassen met derzelver Nederduitsche en Latynsche beschryvingen.
Amsterdam, Jan Christiaan Sepp and son, 1796 (vols. I-III), 1800 (vols. IV-VI). 6 volumes. Large 8vo (23 x 14.5 cm). With wood-engraved illustration on each of the 6 title-pages and 600 numbered engraved plates (100 in each volume), all coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine, modern endpapers. Full description
€ 6,500
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Treating diseases with poisonous plants, with 4 engraved plates

STÖRCK, Anton von. Libellus, quo demonstratur, stramonium, hyosciamum, aconitum non solum tuto posse exhiberi usu interno hominibus, verum & ea esse remedia in multis morbis maxime salutifera.
Naples, Benedicti Gessari, 1762. With 3 folding engraved plates.
With: (2) STÖRCK, Anton von. Supplementum necessarium de cicuta, ubi simul jungitur cicutae imago aere excusa.Naples, Benedicti Gessari, 1762. With a folding engraved plate. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 500
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One of the most voluminous herbals ever printed,
with over 2400 woodcut illustrations

TABERNAEMONTANUS, Jacobus Theodorus. [Engraved general title-page:] New vollkommen Kräuter-Buch, darinnen uber 3000. Kräuter, mit schönen und kunstlichen Figuren, … [Letterpress title-page:] New vollkommenlich Kräuter-Buch, …
Basel, Jacob Werenfels for Johann Königs, 1664. 3 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a general engraved title-page (a letterpress title in richly engraved borders), 3 letterpress part-titles, and more than 2400 woodcut illustrations in text. Contemporary richly blind-tooled pigskin. Full description
€ 4,500
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Medical botany, including many American plants, with 26 illustrations on 6 plates

ZORN, Bartholomaeus. Botanologia medica. Seu dilucida et brevis manuductio ad plantarum et stirpium tam patriarum, quam exoticarum in officinis pharmaceuticis usitatarum cognitionem.
Berlin, Johann Christoph Pape [printed by Ulrich Liebpert or his heirs?], 1714. 4to. With 26 botanical illustrations on 6 numbered engraved plates. Half vellum (ca. 1790?). Full description
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