2390 - 2685 BOTANY, GARDENS AND GARDENING, HUSBANDRY - The Collection of Jan Meemelink
- All vols. w. library stamp on first free endpaper or htitle and title-p.; all vols. occas. trifle foxed; vol. II a few lvs. strengthened w. tape; vol. III 1 plate bound upside down. A good set. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXVIII.
- Partly (sl.) yellowed/ browned (incl. the plates); vol. 4 and 5 occas. sl. waterst.
= Nice lithogr. plates, often in delicate handcolouring. Nissen, BBI 2383. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXVIII.
- Dampstained along edges of both covers; upper joint starting. Otherwise fine and attractively bound.
= "De Verhandeling van den heer Reynoso is ontegenzeggelijk het eerste werk over het suikerriet, waarin stelselmatig, geregeld en volgens een vast plan eene algemeene harmonie wordt gebragt tusschen de cultuur van die plant en de wetten van den landbouw, en zulks na alvorens de plant zelve te hebben geraadpleegd, volgens het beroemde voorschrift van Boussingault. Uit dat oogpunt is het werk van de schrijver geenszins eene uitsluitend aan Cuba alleen bewezene dienst; integendeel, voor allen, die zich met de cultuur van suikerriet bezighouden of belang daarin stellen (...) is deze Verhandeling een wetboek en een onfeilbare gids (...)" (introduction). Rare.
- Contents fine, apart from the following minor defects: all leaves reattached to later stubs (one plate still needs reattaching); final 3 plates sl. wormholed in the plate at top end of central fold; a few plates sl. creased along inner margin; occas. (undisturbing) tiny foxed spots in the plates. Vellum brown stains along extremities of covers and sm. hole (3x9 mm) in fore-edge margin of frontcover.
= Nissen, BBI 1627; Pritzel 7587; Rouffaer/ Muller p.341; Howgego I, R31: "While in India he [the author] became absorbed in the flora of the country, and, at his own expense commissioned a thorough botanical survey. Involving as many as hundred European and Indian scholars (...) hundreds of trees, shrubs, and plants were meticulously catalogued, described and illustrated. Each species was named in Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit, Malayalam and Tamil". Striking large plates, highlighting the exotic nature of many of these at the time unfamiliar plantspecies. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXIX.
- The plates occas. sl. yellowed and foxed. = Very fine plates in Art Nouveau style.
- Partly sl. browned/ foxed. Boards sl. rubbed.
BOUND WITH: Fabricius J.A. Een schets der godleerende waterkunde; in 't ontwerp eener Godleerende vuurkunde en in een aenpryzing van 't Godverheerlykend beschouwen der natuure (..). Ibid., idem, 1764, (2),118p.
- Sl. foxed.
- Fine, very clean and attractively bound copy. Owner's entry on both titlepages. Joints and backstrips professionally restored at spine-ends w. use of orig. backstrips; corner sl. worn; a few vague scratches on covers.
= Provenance: the library of W.A. Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey (gilt mor. exlibris on upper pastedowns) and "Johannishus Bibliothek" (bookplate on lower pastedowns). Nissen, BBI 1674. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXIX.
- Sm. piece of paper torn off from frontcover. A fine copy.
- (Sl.) foxed throughout; stamp ''1872 Bassompierre'' on title-p.; final few lvs. w. waterstain in lower margin. Upper joint splitting; covers sl. rubbed along extremities.
= The second part consists of a "Catalogue des jacintes connues en 1767", listing approx. 2000 species. Hunt 602; Nissen, BBI 1718; Pritzel 7996; Krelage p.612ff: "De belangrijkste aan de Hyacint gewijde monografie (...). Lange tijd is dit boek de voornaamste bron van inlichtingen over de Hyacintenteelt gebleven (...).". Rare.
- A few lvs. trifle browned. A fine copy.
= Pritzel 950. First and only edition of the 'Methodus Foliorum', a guide to recognizing plants in the area of Montpellier, following Linnaean principles, by François Boissier de Sauvages de Lacroix (1706-1767), professor of botany and medicine at the University of Montpellier and the inventor of modern nosology.
- Fine copy. The text part (16p.) called for in the title not present ("To which is added an Accurate description of their Colours, with Instructions for Drawing & Painting them according to Nature. Being a New Work intended for the use & amusement of Gentlemen and Ladies Delighting in that Art"). Title-p. sl. yellowed; occas. sl. foxed in margin; owner's entry on first blank.
= The work contains 12 series of 5 beautifully coloured plates per month. Nissen, BBI 1734; Henrey III, 709. First published ±1760. Fine colouring. Very rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXIX.
- Old owner's entry on first free endpaper; old annot. (dated 1623) in pen and ink on last page and 1 page w. some crossed-out words; some (sl.) foxing/ yellowing. Recased w. dam. pastedowns (first and last lvs. trifle frayed at fore-edge, due to bookblock sl. extending); binding sl. soiled and wrinkled; lacks ties.
= Baudrier IX, p.308; Adams S574 and S585; Hunt 97 and 98, one of 3 variant imprints. "Arthur Hort (...) calls Scaliger the most brilliant scholar who ever contributed to the elucidation of Theophrastos" (Hunt 97). "Botanical science in its broadest aspects received a tremendous stimulus in Greece under the leadership of Theophrastos and his disciples. He was the founder of that science and one of the greatest botanists of all time. (...) Theophrastos is said to have written more than 200 treatises, of which his two botanical works the History of Plants and the Causes of Plants are the most important that have survived." (Hunt 9).
- Bookblock loose(ning); trifle foxed; bound with 4 page handwritten index. Covers sl. soiled; spine sunned; lower joints splitting.
= Pritzel 8152.
- Bookplate ("Zabalburu Heredia Spinola") on upper pastedown; lvs. yellowed and a few dustspots, otherwise a good to fine copy.
= Nissen, BBI 1752.
- New endpapers; sl. browned; frayed. Covers soiled. = Not in the usual reference works.
- Sm. owner's entry in blank margin on title-p.; plates occas. trifle foxed; plates strengthened w. tape in upper and lower inner margin, not touching image; textlvs. sl./ trifle foxed. Backstrip sl. chafed.
- Trifle foxed; hinges weak. Binding sl. rubbed.
= Contains 92 chromo plates as called for on the title-p. Nissen BBI, 1817 (calling for 95 chromo plates).
- Without the 2 text vols. and 104 plates. = Nissen, BBI 1818.
- The first vol. occas. sl. foxed, otherwise fine. = Pritzel 8625; not in Nissen, BBI. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXX.
- Occas. sl. foxed. Bindings sl. rubbed; lower outer corner frontcover first vol. w. creases.
= Pritzel 8625; not in Nissen, BBI.