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Elzevier edition of a botanical classic, with American plants

SPIEGEL, Adriaan van de.
Isagoges in rem herbariam libri duo.
Including: VORSTIUS, Adolphus. Catalogus plantarum horti academici Lugduno Batavi, …
Leiden, Elzevier, 1633. 24mo (10.5 x 5.5 cm). With engraved title-page. Contemporary calf, rebacked in the late 19th-century (?).
€ 850
The Elzeviers' enlarged edition of the first book to give detailed instructions for forming a collection of dried plants, with a catalogue of the plants in the Botanical Garden of the University of Leiden, including plants from Brazil, Canada and the Virginia colony. The Isagoges, an introduction to (medical) botany, written at age 28 in 1606, "demonstrates the extraordinary erudition and wisdom of the young man" (NBW). Though influenced by Dioscorides and Theophrastos, Spiegel attempted a new classification of plants, and Linnaeus had a high opinion of his work. Vorstius's catalogue added to this Elzevier edition is of particular interest for the American plants.
The book is rebacked, as noted, and still contains the original endpapers, but the gutter has a somewhat rough finish, this, in combination with the bookplates and inscriptions on the pastedowns and flyleaves gives the opening and last leaves a somewhat worn character. Otherwise it's a very good copy, with only a couple leaves slightly browned and a small piece torn-off out of leaf N3, just touching the text.
Alden & Landis 633/114; BMC NH, p. 1991; Wellcome 6041; cf. NBW IX, cols. 709-711.
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