Primi de Stirpium historia comentariorum tomi vivae Imagines...

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Basileae, Isingrin, 1549. 8vo (165 x 105mm). pp. (16), 516, with woodcut printer's device on titlepage and 516 full page woodcuts, leaves ruled in red, with contemporary annotations in the outer margin. Contemporary calf, sides with blind ruled borderlines and fleurons at corners and central gilt ornaments, later rebacking.

the plants are depicted full-page with German and Latin names

The second Isingrin 8vo.-edition. The smaller woodcuts are copies after the original folio-edition "De Historia Stirpium" of 1542 also published by Isingrin. More than 500 plants are depicted. "Some of them gain a special interest as being the earliest European figures of certain American plant, eg. the pumpkin-gourd ... and Indian-corn"(Arber, Herbals p. 70).
In this edition no accompanying text was published, the plants are depicted full-page with German and Latin names only. The reduced woodcuts are much bigger and refined than the reduced woodcuts of the Lyon editions printed by Arnoullet. The woodcuts of the present 8vo edition by Isingrin have the same elegance and refinement as the large woodcuts of the editio princeps. The small format made the book suitable to carry in the fields for plant identification. Ownership inscription erased from title, later endpapers. The copy is preserved in a modern slipcase.

Provenance: Signature on title of Joannes Dueil.

Nissen BBI, 661, Hunt 63.