Amsterdam, chez J. C. Sepp et Fils, 1796 (vol. I-III), 1800 (vol. IV-VI).
[Followed by]: Vervolg op de afbeeldingen der Artsenijgewassen, met derzelver Nederduitsche en Latijnsche beschrijvinge.
Amsterdam, chez J. C. Sepp et Fils, 1813.
7 volumes 8vo [218 x 134 mm] of: I/ vii pp., (1) p., 102 pp., (3) ll., 100 plates numbered 1 to 100; II/ (2) ll., 101 pp., (2) ll., 100 plates numbered 101 to 200; III/ (2) ll., 101 pp., (2) ll., 100 plates numbered 201 to 300; IV/ (2) ll., ii pp., 100 pp., (2) ll., 100 plates numbered 301 to 400; V/ (2) ll., 100 pp., (2) ll., 100 plates numbered 401 to 500; VI/ (2) ll., iv pp., 101 pp., 100 plates numbered 501 to 600, 36 pp.; VII/ 1-2 pp., iv pp., 3-4 pp., 1-100 pp., 8 pp., 112 plates numbered I to CXII, 101-104 pp. A total of 712 engraved plates.
Light brown quarter-calf, flat spines and decorated with gilt fillets, red lettering pieces, many untrimmed edges. Contemporary binding.
Rare first and unique edition of this Dutch adaptation of Zorn’s Icones plantarum medicinalium (1779-1790).
Bradley III, p. 55; Landwehr, Coloured plates 2; Nissen, BBI 2203; Stafleu & Cowan 3926; Pritzel 4502.
It presents a total of 712 beautiful full-page plates of medicinal plants and flowers delicately hand-colored at the time and retouched with a brush; each of them is framed with a double black fillet, bears at the bottom the Latin name of the plant and some bear both the signatures of the drawer and the engravers: B. Thanner; JS. Leitner, JM. Burucker, JC. Claussner, JK. Mayr, Lindau, Pemsel.
This Dutch edition thus contains 112 plates more than the German edition printed between 1779 and 1790 with only 600 engravings.
« A great proportion of the plants are indigenous in this country, the figures of which will, therefore, be highly serviceable to the native botanist”.
Work illustrated with 712 figures colored from life and ranked following Linnaeus method. The plates are accompanied with short descriptions in Dutch and Latin as well as a presentation of their pharmaceutical specificities in Dutch.
“Joseph Zorn, a German botanist, born in Kempten, Bavaria, in 1739, died in 1799, has published, in German and Latin, an esteemed and remarkably well illustrated medical vegetal material, under the title of: ‘Icones plantarum medicinalium’, in 5 centuries, accompanied by beautiful colored plates, Nuremberg, 1779-1784, 5 vol. 8vo; the same work has been published in 6 centuries, with 600 col. pl., text in Latin and German, from 1784 to 1790.”
We owe him three extremely rare and sought-after works of botany including one on the plants of America. This one is his main work.
“This collection is very valuable for the Students in Medicine, who for a fairly price, can obtain the complete suite of medicinal Plants, indicated by precise characters, after the plan and system of Linnaeus, and which, although engraved in a rather harsh manner, not only present the whole of each specie, but also very precious details on the fructification, in line with the generic descriptions of Linnaeus.”
A remarkably fresh rare copy complete with its 712 hand-colored plates retouched with a brush, preserved in its contemporary uniform bindings.