[BRY, Johann Theodor de (1561-1623), Giovanni Battista FERRARI (1584-1655), & others]
Florilegium Renovatum et Auctum
Frankfurt: Matthaeus Merian, 1641[-1647]. Folio. (12 3/16 x 8 1/4 inches). 10pp. letterpress text, blank leaf B4. Engraved additional title, 177 engraved plates (7 double-page) by Matthaeus Merian and de Bry after Ferrari, Caspar Bauhin, Merian and de Bry. (Without A1 or A2, which includes the letterpress title, expert early repairs to margins of text leaves A3 and A4).
Old vellum over pasteboard, early manuscript title to head of spine. Housed in a black morocco backed box.
A fine copy of the German text issue of the enlarged edition of de Bry's Florlegium novum (1611), published by Matthaeus Merian, his son-in-law.
"In 1641 ... Matthaeus Merian the elder published [the above] an amplified version of the magnum opus of his father-in-law, Florilegium novum ... The allegorical title-page and the first thirty-two plates illustrating parterres, urns of flowers and gardening tools, as well as plants were drawn from De florum cultura by the Jesuit Giovanni Battista Ferrari, which was published in Rome in 1633. Merian reproduced Ferrari's plates, reversing them in the printing process, and sometimes adding butterflies or other features or combining figures from more than one illustration ... Other illustrations ... were drawn from the work of Caspar Bauhin. The large ... engravings ... are entirely new.' (Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi). Hunt notes that "most copies seem to have variations in the plates so that it is impossible to describe an 'ideal' copy" (vol.I,p.255); but the present copy appears to contain the maximum possible number of plates: one more than any copy listed as having sold at auction in the past thirty years. The plates include 1 double-page view dated 1641 of the garden of the dedicatee Johann Schwinden, followed by 32 plates after Ferrari (numbered 1-32 and comprised of 8 plans of parterres, 1 plate of tools, 23 plates of vases, bouquets and flowers). The remaining 144 plates are by or after de Bry, Bauhin or Merian (numbered 1-49, 50A, 50, 51-142, with 1 final unnumbered plate with an integral date 1647, and including 6 double-page plates). Copies are often found lacking one or more of the following plates: the final plate, the plate numbered 142, one of the plates numbered 150.
BM (NH) III, p.1290; Hunt I, 237 (177 plates, Latin text); Johnston Cleveland Collections 203 (?176 plates, Latin text); Nissen BBI 274 (177 plates, German text); Oak Spring Flora 16 (176 plates, German text).