JONSTON, John (1603-1675)
Historiae Naturalis de Arboribus et Plantis. Libri X.
Heilbronn: Franciscus Josephus Eckebrecht, 1768-1769. 2 volumes, folio. (13 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches). 2 letterpress titles in red and black, text in double columns. Engraved allegorical frontispiece by Melchior Küsell after Matthaeus Merian, 137 engraved plates after Matthaeus Merian. (Gathering 3F in vol.I misbound after 3H.
Expertly bound to style in half 18th century russia over contemporary paper boards, spine in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering piece in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, red stained edges
A fine set of the second edition of this important 17th-century survey of the known botanical world.
Jonston was a "Polish physician of Scottish extraction who wrote numerous works on medicine, natural history, and more miscellaneous subjects" (Johnston). The original edition of this work was first published in Frankfurt in 1662 under the title Dendrographiae sive Historiae Naturalis de Arboribus et Fructibus. The present edition was published by Eckebrecht after he had acquired the complete set of the original printing plates for that 1662 edition. These he reprinted and added the second edition of the text.
Cf. Johnston Cleveland 233 (1662 edition); cf. Nissen BBI 1007; Plesch Sale lot 409; cf. Stafleu & Cowan 3408.