[Leipzig]: Moriss Georg Weidmann, 1690.
First edition. Title page printed in red and black. With 10 engraved (2 folding) plates. Collation: )(4 A-3I4. [1-8] (title, preface, signed “Theodorus Phytologus”), 1-416 (text), [i-xxiv] (three registers, i.e., table of contents and two indexes) pp. 1 vols. Small 4to. Contemporary vellum. Owner signature of “D:E: v Stiedtencron” on the title-page lower right, “H v. Stiedencron” on front flyleaf. Small piece of bottom corner of front flyleaf torn away, a couple of minor paper flaws in margins, a very good, fresh copy of an uncommon book OCLC records 3 existing copies: HAB Wolfenbüttel, Dumbarton Oaks, N.Y. Botanical Garden. The copy in the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek Weimar is reported destroyed in the 2004 fire. Item #247685
First edition of the most important late seventeenth century German work on gardening, by Heinrich Hesse, overseer of the Electoral Gardens in Mainz, who specifically adapted French notions of garden design to German conditions, and whose work remained influential through the mid-eighteenth century (further editions were printed in 1696, 1706, 1714, and 1740).
Includes full-page engraved illustrations of French-inspired garden designs reminiscent of the gardens at Versailles, which were then newly-designed and the largest gardens in Europe. This book is also of typographic interest because the Latin or French names of plants are in Roman type, while the German body of the text is in Gothic blackletter. Rare.
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