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De Historia plantarum libri decem, Graece et Latine. In quibus Textum Graecum variis Lectionibus, emendationibus, hiulcorum supplementis : Latinae Gazae versionem nova interpretatione ad margines : totum Opus absolutissimi cum Notis tum Commentariis item rariorum Plantarum iconibus illustravit Joannes Bodaeus à Stapel, Medicus Amstelodamensis. Accesserunt Julii Caesaris Scaligeri in eosdem libros animadversiones et Roberti Constantini annotationes. Cum indice locupletissimo.Amsterdam: Henricum Laurentium, 1644.

Folio (357x217mm), parallel text in Latin and Greek, engraved title-page, woodcut initials, head and tailpieces and numerous woodcut illustrations in text. Contemporary calf with blind fillets, spine in six compartments with red morocco lettering piece, red speckled edges. Occasional light dump-staining, joints and extremities worn upper board chipped, annotations on rear endleaves; overall a good copy from the Library of the Earl of Macclesfield.Edited by Joannes Bodaeus á Stapel, this is one of the best critical editions of Theophrastus, the first one with parallel text in Latin and Greek.  “It is interesting not only because of the brilliance of the editing, but, curiously enough, to the American botanist as well, for involving in the discussion certain species from Virginia, other parts of the New World, and Asia. The illustrations of these plants have been largely overlooked in botanical history, because of their incidental presence in a work which might not be expected to contain anything of the sort. Some were merely borrowed from l’Ecluse or de Lobel, but others seem original in this work.” (H:H:Bartlett, Fifty-fiveRare Books Ann Arbor, 1949).This edition also includes a number of South African species which are also depicted and discussed.

Hunt 240; Pritzel 9197

Price: 6 000.00 EUR