CAMERIUS, Joachim. Symbolorum et emblematum animalibus quadrupedibus. 116 ff. Illustrated with engraved title-page and 100 engraved circular emblems by Hans Sibmacher. Small 4to., 195 x 140 mm, bound in early 20th-century tan calf, maroon morocco spine label. Nuremberg: P. Kaufmann, 1595.
First Edition. A charming emblem book on quadrupeds, both real and fantastical, by the renowned botanist, Joachim Camerius. This is part 2 of a four part series of emblem books on natural subjects by Camerius, the others depicting ornithological and botanical subjects.
Joachim Camerius (1534-1598) was the son of the famous humanist of the same name. The younger Camerius received his degree in medicine at Bologna, made the acquaintance of Aldrovandi, and returned to Nuremberg to become State Physician. Attracted to botany at a young age (he translated the works of Mattioli), Camerius founded the Nuremberg Collegium medicum. He owned and cultivated a large garden of rare plants in Nuremberg, some of which he supplied to travelling merchants; in 1588 he published a catalogue of his plants, the Hortus Medicus. In 1596 Camerius began what was to become the greatest garden of its time, namely that of the Prince Bishop of Eichstätt. But Camerius died two years later, and the work was completed by Basilius Besler, a pharmacist of Nuremberg. Eventually, Besler produced his Hortus Eystettensis, which is based upon the work of Camerius. Binding with some edge wear, some very light marginal staining, overall very good.
PROVENANCE: Earl of Mexborough with his bookplate on the front paste-down; Bookplate initialed "DP" on the front fly-leaf.
Faber du Faur 668. Landwehr, German 166. Nissen ZBI 792. Praz p. 295.
Item nr. 164582