2390 - 2685 BOTANY, GARDENS AND GARDENING, HUSBANDRY - The Collection of Jan Meemelink
- Waterstained in lower blank margin, last few lvs. and plates also in upper part; owner's entries and bookplate on first and last free endpapers; upper pastedown partly detached. Vellum soiled.
= Henrey II, p.443f; Hunt 452: "This was the first treatise on cuttings and graftings, and it made Agricola famous".
- Trifle foxed, not affecting plates. A fine copy.
= Charming almanac describing and depicting, with splendid illustrations, 12 exotic plants.
- Cut out owner's entry on title; lacks div. title before p.73; partly foxed. Spine dam. and covers duststained.
= Vol. 2 of Historiae Aegypti naturalis. Nissen, BBI 20 (note).
- Trifle soiled. Binding sunned and dam.
Robinson, W. Alpine Flowers for English Gardens. London, John Murray, 1879, 3rd ed., XV,(1),440p., num. (full-p.) woodcut ills., orig. dec. cl.
- Sl. foxed; bookblock loose(ning). Spine darkened; joints and spine-ends dam.
AND 3 others, all English text, i.a. S. BARSTOW SKELDING, Flowers from here and there (New York, 1885, num. chromolithogr. plates, orig. dec. cl., sq. 8vo).[*]
- Bookplate on first free endpaper; annots. and stamp on title-p.; a few lvs. w. stain in lower margin. Vellum sl. stained.
= Ad 1: Voet 639; Adams B566; Bibl. Belg. B123; Index Aur. 116.334; Nissen, ZBI 305; Pritzel 695. First Latin edition of the original French edition, Plantin 1555, with addition of a few notes by Carolus Clusius. The work is divided into three books, the first about Crete, the Greek islands, continental Greece and Constantinople, the second about the islands of Asia Minor, Egypt, Sinai, Palestine and Syria, the third about Asia Minor. "The work contains observations about geography, faun, plants, mines, agriculture, religions, the life of inhabitants, monuments and archaeological descriptions such as the city of Troy, the pyramids or the mummies." (Labore et Constantia 127). The woodcuts mainly depicting plants and animals, but also a map of Turkey and a view of Alexandria. "In the same letter of 12 March 1587 interesting details are given about the illustrations. Clusius must have expressed the wish to reproduce the woodcuts as given in the 1555-publication, but Plantin tried in vain to recover the wood-blocks of his 1555-editions, sold at the auction of his press in 1562. He was forced to give Clusius' French edition to Pieter van der Borcht to copy the illustrations. The illustrations are, consequently, in reverse of the ones of Plantin's 1555-edition. (...) In fact not all the 1555-illustrations were copied; for six plants (pp.6, 93, 255, 258, 291, 475) and one animal (p.493) blocks were used from herbals and similar works published by Plantin in the preceding years." (Voet). With library stamp ("Bibliotheca Cranziana") and an intriguing contemp. annot. in blank margin title-p.
Ad 2: Voet 638; Pritzel 609 note; Bibl. Belgica B 124: "Dans ce livre, le dernier et peut-être le plus intéressant des ouvrages de Belon, l'auteur donne la liste des arbres exotiques qu'il serait utile d'introduire en France, et il invite le collège des médecins de Paris à fonder un établissement pour l'acclimatation des plantes étrangères." Bound at the end: 1 leaf, printed recto and verso, with corrections for both works. This leaf not mentioned by Voet and the Bibl. Belgica. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CII.
- All vols. sl. soiled/ browned and hinges weak; plate vols. hinges strengthened w. tape; some plates reattached; first plate vol. first free endpaper loose. Covers worn/ sl. dam.
= Nissen, BBI 187. Rare.
- Textlvs sl. foxed; plates trifle foxed.
- Partly sl. browned/ foxed. Binding w. acid bite and superficial traces of nibbling by insects.
= First edition. Nissen, BBI 201; Pritzel 981; Poggendorff I, p.233. DSB II, p.286f: "(...) Bonnet is considered one of the fathers of modern biology. He is distinguished for both his experimental research and his philosphy, which exerted a profound influence upon the naturalists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (...). In the Recherches, Bonnet grouped five memoirs, all of prime importance for plant biology (...). For his masterly experimentation, Bonnet should be considered one of the first naturalists to investigate experimentally the question of photosynthesis (...)".
- Sl. foxed; hinges widening. Bindings rubbed, mostly along extremities.
AND 2 others, i.a. R. LEE, Trees, Plants and Flowers (London, 1859, col. plates, orig. dec. cl.).[*]
- Two vols. spine darkened/ sl. browned. Otherwise fine.
- A few pages small waterst. in upper blank margin.
= Van Veen, De soeticheydt des buyten-levens p.68-69: "Dit werk is (...) een van onze grootste tuinbeschijvingen. Het gedicht geeft bijzonder gedetailleerde uiteenzettingen over talrijke gewassen en over de aanleg van de tuin en de lustpriëlen die zich daarin bevonden".
- Fine copy. Slipase sl. splitting at upper edge. = Facs. reprint of the ed. London. 1746.
- All vols. owner's entry on first free endpaper. Corners sl. rubbed. = Cf. Nissen, BBI 236.
AND 1 other: C. BACKEBERG and W. HAAGE, Cactus Lexicon (Poole, 1977, 1st Engl. ed., richly illustrated, orig. cl. w. dustwr. Fine).[*]
- Four plates w. waterstain in upper blank margin, otherwise a fine large paper copy. Boardedges rubbed.
= Nissen, BBI S 137.
- All titles w. a few sm. library and cancellation stamps (first 2 vols. also w. sm. stamp on first p.). All vols. paper ticket on backstrip; bindings worn; vol. 1 dam. at top of spine; vol. 3 backstrip split vertically. Contents fine.
- One map w. sm. tear, otherwise a fine copy. Vol. 2 of 2 only.
= Nissen, BBI 301.
- Fine copy. Bookplate on upper pastedown; occas. old annot. in margin. Spine-ends sl. dam., upper joint sl. rubbed.
= Nissen, BBI 303; Pritzel 1396; Stafleu, Linnaeus and the Linneans, p.167-170. "Of importance because at a relatively early date it gives an enumeration in the Linnaean style, of what was then known about the nomenclature and taxonomy of the flora of the Indies [India, Ceylon, East-Indies]" (Stafleu, Linn.). Also containing the Prodomus which "contains about 260 legimately named new species from the Cape" (idem). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CII.
- Bookplate on first free endpaper; annot. in blue pen on first blank; plates trifle yellowed; 1 leaf waterst.; a few (restored) holes in the last 2 lvs. and last plate. Upper hinge and foot of spine (sl.) worn.
= Nissen, BBI 302; Pritzel 1390; Gay 178; Hunt 508: "Simon van der Stel made an expedition to Namaqualand in 1685-86, Hendrik Claudius accompanying him, and the drawings later came into the possession of Burgomaster Nikolaas Witsen of Amsterdam. The Dutch were the first to describe plants of the Cape of Good Hope". Rare first and only edition with descriptions and illustrations of the plants of the African continent, especially in the area of the Cape of Good Hope. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CII.
- Plates as usual sl. browned/ foxed; occas. sl. foxing; contents otherwise very good. Upper joint sl. dam.; spine-ends worn; some scratches on back cover.
= Nissen, BBI 303; Stafleu-C. 928; Hunt 501: "Indeed, Linnaeus, as a guest in the Burman house, had a hand in the perfecting of the Thesaurus Zeylanicus itself (...) Ten years later Linnaeus brought out his own Flora Zeylanica. The volume is a rich example of a collection of plates which Pritzel and Stapf did not index because of their polynomial titles. (...) The Catalogi duo plantarum Africanorum is in effect a separate work, though it has no imprint." "The first illustrated flora of Ceylon, based on collections made by Paulus Hermann and Jan Hartog." (Plesch 114). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CII.