Lot 396: Porta (Giovanni Battista) - Phytognomonica,
October 27, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: first edition , title in elaborate woodcut border with woodcut portrait on verso, 30 large woodcut illustrations, headpieces, initials, lacks final blank f. as usual, old ownership inscription on title and occasional marginalia with some ms. flower identification, minor stain affecting lower fore-corner of many ff., a few minor worm-holes to early ff., later vellum, [Adams P1938; Hunt 158], folio, Naples, Horatius Salvianus, 1588. Della Porta's attempt to link the physical appearance of plants with their potential medicinal applications, illustrated handsomely by woodcut vignettes.