Hortus Floridus. The First [-Second] Book. Contayninge a very lively and true Description of the Flowers of the Springe. With a preface by Eleanous Sinclair Rohde and calligraphy by Margaret Shipton. [With:] The Second Book...

Hortus Floridus. The First [-Second] Book. Contayninge a very lively and true Description of the Flowers of the Springe. With a preface by Eleanous Sinclair Rohde and calligraphy by Margaret Shipton. [With:] The Second Book...
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London: Cresset Press, 1928-1929. Two volumes. Oblong small folio, original gray vellum, backstrips gilt-lettered. [xvii, 82; xviii, 129 pp.] Engraved titles & 103 plates; all texts rendered calligraphically. Errata slip tipped into Volume I. backstrip lettering rubbed, covers bowing (varying according to climatic conditions); but overall a bright and fresh set. First Edition thus of this classic florilegium first published in Utrecht and Arnheim in 1614-1616 with the text variously in Latin, French, and English. This set is one of just 30 numbered copies printed on Arnold hand-made paper and bound in vellum; there were 500 unnumbered copies printed on mould-made paper and bound in quarter leather. Volume I of this set is numbered "Out of Series: Not for Sale, " and Volume II is numbered IX. The limitation page in Volume I calls for 50 sets on hand-made paper, and the reduced number is announced on the errata slip. This work has always been one of the most praised and cherished illustrated botanical books of the seventeenth century, and the its modern reprinting by the Cresset Press was a success: the plates, which include a wonderful pair of views of formal gardens in summer and winter, are beautifully presented; the text is fluently translated and rendered in handsome calligraphy; and there are useful prefaces to both volumes. Ransom, p. 238, # 8. (Item Id: 5846)

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