TABERNAEMONTANUS, Jacobus Theodorus (1525 – 1590). Eicones Plantarum, seu Stirpium, Arborum Nempe, Fructicum, Herbarium, Fructuum, Lignorum, Radicum, omnis generis; tam inquilinorum, quam exoticorum: Que partim Germania sponte producit: partim ab exteris regionibus allata, in Germania plantantur: In gratiam medicinae reique herbariae studioforum, in tres partes digestae. Adiecto Indice gemino locupletissimo. Frankfurt: Nicolao Bassaeus, 1590.
3 parts in one volume. Oblong 4to., (6 6/8 x 8 6/8 inches). Title-page (torn with loss to the lower corner and laid down, lacking all other preliminaries and pages D4-5, R3, 2C5, 2D5, 3C2-4, 4B3-5 & 4C8, large portion of 4C6 lacking; last leaf of index torn; burnhole in 3E5, some marginal worming, light dampstaining). Illustrated throughout with about 2200 fine botanical woodcuts, 2 per page. contemporary vellum over paste-board (front cover detached, worn).
Provenance: With the modern bookplate of John Peters on the front paste-down; Sotheby's London, July 19, 1984, lot 163; Richard Harris, his sale, Bloomsbury New York, 16th October, 2010, lot 107
A comprehensive herbal, depicting plants native to Germany and others gathered from foreign lands. Tabernaemontanus was a physician and student of Bock and Brunfels. His encyclopaedic Kreuterbuch, an attempt at a universal overview of the known European flora, was one of the most widely disseminated of the German herbals. Nissen BBI 1932; Pritzel 9094. SOLD WITH ALL FAULTS.