DODONAEUS, R.

Histoire des Plantes, en laquelle est contenue la description entiere des herbes, c'est à dire, leurs especes, forme, noms, temperament, vertus... nouvellement traduite de bas Aleman en François par Charles de l'Escluse.

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Anvers, Iean Loë, 1557. Folio (280 x 195mm). pp. (24), 584. (36), with c. 800 woodcuts in the text.Early 18th century full red morocco, sides with gilt border lines, richly gilt decorated spine in 6 compartments with gilt lettered title, inside dentelles, gilt edges.

Many of the woodcuts were copies of the 8vo edition of Fuchs' herbal

First and only French edition of Dodonaeus' 'Cruydeboeck', first published in 1554 by Jan van der Loe, and translated by Clusius into French. Clusius added a supplement to the work, a small contribution that was provided with an extra title page, in fact the first independant work by Carolus Clusius. In this contribution he incorporated among others notes about plants he had observed in the South of France. The present French translation is rare and in the course of many years we have only offered one other copy.
'Clusius faithfully followed Dodoens' herbal. The Cruydeboeck's frontispiece, lay-out and subdivisions of the contents into six parts were maintained. On the other hand, the number of descriptions and illustrations of plants had been considerably increased. For this purpose 108 new woodblocks were cut of the new flora he had seen in the gardens of amateur botanists on his many travels through Germany, Switzerland and France. Clusius did not make any fundamental modifications to Dodoens' 'Cruydeboeck', but he limited himself to the addition of a 'Petit recueil' (Botany in the Low Countries p. 101). Many of the woodcuts were copies of the 8vo edition of Fuchs' herbal. Nissen cites 840 woodcuts, Anderson and Stafleu 844 and Johnston 806. Old stamp on title and large stain at foot affecting border with loss of text on verso, and 2 leaves with old repair at inner margin, else a fine copy in a splendid binding.

Botany in the Low Countries, 28; Johnston 78; Nissen BBI, 510; Bibl. Belg. II, 208.