BOTANY -- WEINMANN, J.W. Duidelyke vertoning, Eeniger Duizend in alle Vier Waerelds Deelen wassende Bomen, Stammen, Kruiden, Bloemen, Vrugten, en Uitwassen, &c. Amst., Z. Romberg, 1736-48. 4 text-vols. and 4 plate vols. (16), 32, 280; (4), 538; (4), 500; (4), 619, (79) pp. W. blue mezzotint front., 2 blue mezzotint portraits of Weinmann and Bieler, all by J.J. Haid, and 1025 full-p. mezzotint plates (per volume: 275; 250; 250; 250 plates), of which 15 fold., all captioned in the plates and delicately finished by hand. Fol. Cont. cf., spines gilt and raised in compartments w. red title labels, sides (over wooden brds.) all covered w. cloth in the late 19th c./early 20th c., edges marbled in blue. (Spine ends a bit chipped/worn/dam. in places, few scratches/some wear to spines, but very sound binds., occasional foxing and age-toning in places (for the greater part in the first 2 plate vols.), but for the greater part in very clean condition).Spectacular botanical work, presented her in the Dutch translation by J.G. Dietrich after the German original which appeared from 1735 to 1745. The author Johann Weinmann (1683-1741) was a Regensburg apothecary who organized this giant enterprise, financed by Bartholomeus Seuter, one of the engravers, who was aided in his task by Johann Ridinger and, in later volumes, by Johann Jakob Haid. "The copperplates (…) were printed according to Johannes Teyler's invention, patented 1688; they are engraved in combination with mezzotint printed in colour and finished by hand" (Landwehr 212). The four text-volumes present an ample index on the plate volumes and bear separate title-pages: 'Taalryk Register der plaat- ofte figuur-beschryvingen der bloemdragende gewassen'. At the end of volume 4 four more indexes on plant names are included: in Latin, in German and in Dutch and an index on medicinal plants. In very fine condition, with all the plates and text called for. - Dunthorne 327; Nissen BBI, 2126; Johnston 419; Pritzel 10140.
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