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[BOTANY] – [SWEERTIUS, E. Florilegium Amplissimum et selectissimum, quo non, tantum varia diversorum florum praestantissimorum et nunquam antea exhibitorum genera,

sed et rarae quamplurimae Indicarum plantarum, et radicum formae, ad vivum partibus duabus, [..]. Amstelodami apud Joannem Janssonium Anno 1631], 24 pp. (with Latin, Dutch, German & French letterpress text). With 65 (of 67) Arabic numb. engraved plates (dep. i.a. various flowering plants) by E. Sweert, all in a FINE CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLOURING. – [BOUND-UP WITH:] SWE[E]RTIUS, E. Florilegii Pars Secunda, In Qva Agitvr De Praecipuis Plantis Et Floribvs Fibrosas Radices Habentibvs [..]. Amstelodami, Apud Joannem Janssonium [..], 1631, [10 unnumb.] pp. (with Latin & Dutch letterpress text). With woodcut printer’s mark & 43 Arabic numb. engraved plates (dep. i.a. various flowering plants) by E. Sweert, all in a FINE CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLOURING. Folio (ca. 39,5 x 26 cm.), 17th-cent. calf with ribbed spine.

¶ Nissen (BBI) 1921. Pritzel 9073. Cf. Hunt 196, Blunt pp. 91-92 & Wellcome I, 6149 (all listing the first German edition publ. in 1612 in Frankfurt am Main). Second Dutch edition of a rare early 17th-cent. botanical work by the Dutch print-maker & nurseryman Emmanuel Sweert (ca. 1552-1612). With owner’s entry of the French collector Charles Lenormand du Coudray (1712-1789, cf. Lugt 1704) in black ink on the first preliminary leaf of part I. “Sweert prepared his Florilegium as a guide of his available stock for the Frankfurt Fair of 1612. The plates, depicting some 560 bulbs and flowers, were from the Johann Theodore de Bry Florilegium which in turn was based on that by Pierre Vallet. His attractively depicted bulbs sparked their popularity, leading to 6 editions of the work between 1612 and 1647, and a demand which would later result in “Tulipomania”. At the time of the fair Sweert was in the employ of Emperor Rudolf II as head of his gardens in Vienna” (cited from Wikipedia). ¶ Part I lacks the engr. title, the engr. portrait of the author & 2 engr. plates (no. 34-35, both dep. irises). With defects (binding dam./ worn, all text-leaves & 7 engr. plates (no. 1-7) in part I with small wormhole in lower part (with loss of several letters), 4 preliminary leaves in part I bound in a wrong order (but text is complete), both parts sl. (finger-)soiled/ waterstained in outer (blank) margins, outer blank margin of 4 engr. plates (no. 39-42) in part II dam. and/or cropped to the borderline (remargined with paper), sl. foxed/ browned (partly due to off-setting caused by the hand-colouring of the engr. plates), occ. sl. soiled/ stained), but nevertheless most engravings in an acceptable condition.

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