SWEERTS,Emanuel. Florilegium Amplissimum et Selectissimum; bound with Florileglii Pars Secunda (1631). Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1641.
2 parts in one volume, folio (15 1/2 x 9 3/4 in.; 39.4 x 24.8 cm.). Etched allegorical title and portrait of Sweerts, letterpress title to part two, 110 engraved plates (numbered 1-67, 1-43), numerous woodcut initials and initial-frames, woodcut and type ornament headpieces; early annotations and manuscript index at end; minor worming, etched title extended, portrait supplied from another copy, occasional restoration and repairs, scattered spotting or dampstaining, a few plates shaved or cut close. Near contemporary vellum over pasteboards, plain endpapers, red sprinkled edges, green cloth folding case, green morocco spine label; binding worn and soiled. A good mixed-set of Sweerts's popular work, which was widely reprinted. "The first two editions were essentially catalogues for the selling of plants and bulbs, while the later editions were true florilegi intended for the connoisseur and the scientist." (An Oak Spring Flora). Sweerts divided his Florilegium into two parts: the first deals with bulbous species (including gladioli, hyacinth, iris, lilies, narcissi, daffodils, peonies, and tulips) and the second with species having "fibrous" roots (hellebores, canna, lily of the valley, chrysanthemums, and many others), as well as a number of gragrant trees such as myrtle, arbor-vitae, and juniper. Altogether over 560 flowering bulbs, shrubs, trees, fruits, and vegetables are depicted, generally grouped by species. PROVENANCE: Charles P. Berolzheimer sale, Doyle 3 November 1999, lot 258. REFERENCES: A Cleveland Herbal 182 and 207; De Belder sale 348; Hunt 196; Nissen BBI 1921; An Oak Spring Flora 9; Pritzel 9073. Bookseller Inventory # 6BBB74