Lot 85: Bauhin (Caspar)



2015-07-08 11:46:51

Lot 85: Bauhin (Caspar). Theatri Botanici sive Index in Theophrasti Dioscoridis Plinii et Botanicorum qui a seculo scriptserunt opera Plantarum Circiter sex Millium ab ipsis Exhibitarum Nomina cum Earundem Synonymijs & Differentijs Methodice Secundum Genera & Species Propones, 2 parts in one, Basel, J. Regis, 1671, first title printed in red and black, both titles with woodcut device, woodcut botanical illustrations to second part, some spotting and browning, annotation and wormholes, contemporary calf, rubbed with some wear to spine, 4to. Hunt 319; Nissen 104; PMM 121 (for first edition of 1623). The first scientific system of nomenclature, describing some six thousand species, "it is the begining of a modern 'natural' classification based on general morphology. Bauhinus realized the convenience of the binominal nomenclature which later became a central feature of Linne's system..." (PMM). (1) Dominic Winter's Travel & Natural History, Early Printed Books, Maps, Globes & Decorative Prints, Science & Mathematics, Bookbinding Equipment Auction July 2015 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: £400-600
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