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Lot 260: DODOENS, REMBERT. A Nieuwe Herball or Historie of Plantes... Nowe Translated Out of French Into English.

MAPS & ATLASES; NATURAL HISTORY; PLATE BOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 8, 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: DODOENS, REMBERT. A Nieuwe Herball or Historie of Plantes... Nowe Translated Out of French Into English. Over 800 botanical woodcut illustrations in text, woodcut title, portrait of Dodoens on leaf *v, [18], 779 pages, with index and tables at rear. Small folio, 11 3/4x7 1/2 inches, full modern calf, boards detached; title-page worn, scattered soiling throughout, final 7 leaves supplied loose from a smaller copy and in phtotocopy facsimile, early owners inscriptions in ink. sold as is. London: Gerard Dewes, 1578

Notes: The first English edition and only illustrated edition. One of the great Renaissance herbals, A New Herbal was the most translated book of the era with the exception of the Bible. Dodoens was a physician and botanist who served Austrian Emperor Rudolf II as court physician before becoming Professor of Medicine at the University of Leiden in 1582. Nissen 516; Johnston 118; Stafleu 1488.

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