Lot of 2 leaves with 4 large woodcuts by Giorgio Liberale; W. Meyerpeck - Melanthium (4) New World American plants - Hand coloured - 1565 - 1565

Description
Lot of 2 leaves with 4 large woodcuts by Giorgio Liberale; W. Meyerpeck - Melanthium (4) New World American plants - Hand coloured - 1565 - 1565
Botany, Incunabula & early printing - Quantity: 1 - Single sheet

Lot of 2 leaves with 4 large woodcuts

Giorgio Liberale (1527–c.79) ; W. Meyerpeck

4 superb near folio woodcuts in fine (later) hand colour on 2 leaves.

Leaf: 33.5 x 22.8 cms.

FOLIO

Issued in:

Pietro Andrea Mattioli (Siena 1501 - Trento 1568)

Herbarz. Prag, G. Melantrich, 1562

Bibliographical references: Nissen, BBI 1314; Pritzel 5992; Anderson, Herbals 163.


"Many of these woodcuts were so delicately cut, that the blocks soon became worn. The 'first impressions' of such woodcuts were undoubtedly the best" (Savage 127).

Pietro Andrea Mattioli's (1500–77) Herbarz (1562) was one of the most significant editions of Mattioli's commentary on Dioscorides (circa A.D. 40–90). It is also one of scarcest herbals, with less than a handful of copies extant in North America.

Overall clean marginal two worm holes and a tiny hole to one leaf. Recent hand colour.

Giorgio Liberale was an Italian artist from Udine who had been working for the imperial court in Prague. In this role he produced some 600 large blocks that were used in the Prague edition of Matthioli’s Herbal. The work resulted in some of the finest woodcuts of any herbal produced in any century.

Minor

Sporting and repair to edges.

Lot details
Object
Single sheet
Number of Books
1
Subject
Botany, Incunabula & early printing
Author/ Illustrator
Lot of 2 leaves with 4 large woodcuts by Giorgio Liberale; W. Meyerpeck
Book Title
Melanthium (4) New World American plants - Hand coloured - 1565
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1565
Edition
1st Edition
Language
Latin
Original language
Yes
Binding/ Material
Loose page
Number of pages
2
Dimensions
33.5×22.8 cm
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