1671 · Basileae
[with the same author's] Caspari Bauhini ... Prodromos theatri botanici ... Basileae: Impensis Joannis Regis, 1671. 4to (26.5 cm, 10.45"). 160 pp.,  ff.; illus.
Two hugely influential botanical works, by a Swiss botanist, anatomist, and physician (1560–1624; sometimes given as Gaspard Bauhin). Bauhin herein catalogues close to 6,000 species, establishing a system which Printing & the Mind of Man calls "a most important scientific advance," and using nomenclature later adopted by Linnaeus. => Bauhin's section on Zea mays is one of the earliest descriptions of New World maize, and was subsequently cited as such by Linnaeus.
The Prodromos is illustrated with just under => 140 woodcuts depicting a wide variety of plants. Both works are here in their second, enlarged editions, following the original publications of Pinax in 1623 and Prodromos in 1620. The first title-page is printed in red and black, and both titles bear the printer's "Per angusta ad augusta" vignette.
Evidence of readership: Many of the woodcuts have additional names supplied in an early pencilled hand.
Pinax: Printing & the Mind of Man 121(for first edition of 1623); Brunet, I, 707; Pritzel 398 (first ed.); Alden & Landis 671/6; Nissen 104. Prodromos: Alden & Landis 671/7; Krivatsy 947; Brunet, I, 707; Nissen 104. Neither work, in this edition, in Johnson, Cleveland Herbal, Botanical, and Horticultural Collections. Contemporary half calf over speckled brown paper, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-ruled compartments; binding worn overall, front cover with abrasions to paper, spine leather crinkled, label chipped. Page edges untrimmed. Foxing and browning as is just about always the case with this edition due to the paper used and impurities in the water during production; with intermittent lighter spotting and offsetting throughout. Occasional pencilled annotations; front free endpaper with early ownership inscription and annotation. One leaf with tear from upper margin, extending into text with loss of a few letters, just barely touching image on reverse; one leaf with tear from outer margin, extending into text without loss, partially repaired. A copy clearly read and interacted with by a botanical-minded scholar. (Inventory #: 34558)