[Hortus floridus. English.]
Hortus floridus:The First Book Contayninge a very lively and true Description of the Flowers of the Springe
With a preface by Eleanour Sinclair Rhode; and calligraphy by Margaret Shipton. 2 v. London: Cresset P, 1928-1929. [Vol. 1] has subtitle: The First Book, Contayninge a Very Lively and True Description of the Flowers of the Springe. [Vol. 2] has subtitle: The Second Book, Contayninge a Very Lively and True Description of the Flowers of the Summer, Autumn and Winter. Translated from the Latin by Spencer Savage. Book 1 published first in 1614, at Utrecht; book 2 in 1616-1617 at Arnhem. Edition limited to 30 copies on Arnold hand-made paper, numbered I-XXX, and to 500 copies on mould-made paper. Limitation note in Book 1 states 50 copies numbered I-L; errata slip tipped to correct the error. References: Hunt App. 37. This work includes reprints of engravings by Crispin Van de Passe from an original published in 1615.
This two volume work is divided into Spring flowers in volume 1 and
summer flowers in volume two. Each flower has a written description
on the left-hand page with its illustration on the right-hand page.
The descriptions give information about the meaning of the name, the parts
of the flower, size and color of blooms, and calendar month in which the
flower blooms. The preface to this edition notes that the first volume
"contains a notable collection of engravings of spring flowers which are
now established favourites, but many of which had only been introduced
towards the close of the sixteenth and during the early years of the seventeenth
century." In order to explain this statement, la history of the tulip
is given, noting that nothing is know of its
history before 1550.
Subjects: Flowers--Pictorial works; Botanical illustration; Flowers; Engraving--Dutch.