Daniel Good Rare Books and Engravings
1543 Leonhart Fuchs LILY [Star-of-Bethlehem] folio woodcuts 1st Edn 34 x 22 cm - Botany
Superb hand coloured woodcut in FOLIO size from:
Heinrich Füllmaurer, Albert Meyer (draughtsmen), and Veit Rudolf Speckle (woodcutter)
Basel, Isengrin, 1543.
References: VD 16, F 3242; Adams F 1099; Fairfax Murray I, 175; Nissen, BBI 658; Stafleu-C. 1909; Hunt 48
Original 450+ year old leaf. Woodcut of extraordinary beauty with later hand colour. "Fuchs, following Brunfels, was the third of the German Fathers of Botany. He gave us forty plants never before figured... He was also the first of the modern era to attempt to give a botanical glossary of terms, presenting it in alphabetical order" (Hunt). "This herbal has the first European figures of certain American plants, including Indian corn and the great pumpkin" (Sparrow).
Old manuscript in ink correcting the erroneous printed description.
Minor fingering to corners. Minor spotting to edges.