Title A Leaf from the 1583 Rembert Dodoens Herbal Printed by Christopher Plantin.
Book Condition Collectible: Very Good
Jacket Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 1977
Seller ID GG217-013
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 156. LIMITED EDITION of 385 copies, printed by Grant Dahlstrom with Janson linotype on machine made paper. Folio. 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches. [viii], 28,  pp. Half-title with wood-cut of a date palm, title page printed in two colors with large herbal vignette in red, vignette on copyright page, original leaf (pp. 5553-554) from the Stirpium Historiae, Antwerp, 1583 tipped-in with 4 large woodcut illustrations of Gramen Polyanthemum minus and maius, Gramen Parnasium, and Gramen Leucanthemum, woodcut portrait of Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566) and numerous other herbal woodcut illustrations from the Dodoens Herbal throughout, bibliography; text clean, un-marked. Full cream colored cloth titled and illustrated in green on the front cover, gilt titled spine, plain brown dust-wrapper; binding square and tight, faint toning to the jacket. Original receipt from the Book Club for this copy dated December 21, 1977 laid in. Near Fine. This leaf came from the last publication of Rembert Dodoens (1517-1585), the Stirpium historiae pemptades sex (1583), the Latin translation of his Cruydeboeck. It summarized Dodoen's botany, the most comprehensive botanical work of its time. It divides plants into 26 families, introduces many new species, and also marks a stage in the development of plant anatomy. This leaf book affords an outstanding opportunity to study the press work of the Plantin Press of Antwerp, a center of fine printed books in the sixteenth century. "Carey Bliss's text discusses not only the Herbal but also the history of early published herbals, the life of Dodoens, and the work of the printer Christopher Plantin." Harlan. REFERENCES: De Hamel and Silver, Disbound and Dispersed, No. 166; Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 156.
Carey S. Bliss, A Leaf from the 1583 Rembert Dodoens Herbal Printed by Christopher Plantin, Leaf Book, Book Club of California, Fine Press, Limited Edition, Grant Dahlstrom, Plantin Press