STERBEECK (Franciscus Van). Theatrum fungorum... - Lot 613 - Paris Enchères - Collin du Bocage

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STERBEECK (Franciscus Van). Theatrum fungorum... - Lot 613 - Paris Enchères - Collin du Bocage
STERBEECK (Franciscus Van). Theatrum fungorum oft het Tooneel der Campernoelien. Antwerp, Joseph Jacob, 1675. Small in-4, brown speckled calf, cold fillet, spine decorated (Binding of the time). Faux-title, frontispiece, title, folding portrait, (17) ff. 396 pp, (10) ff. of table, 36 plates. First edition of the Théâtre des champignons or Le Spectacle des Campernouille. A second corrected edition will only appear in 1712. The work is divided into three parts: good and suspicious mushrooms; harmful mushrooms; truffles, good and bad, and poisonous herbs. The copper-engraved illustration includes a beautiful frontispiece depicting the mushroom market near the Stock Exchange in Antwerp, in front of a porch adorned with the author's portrait ("aged 44" according to the Latin note); a folded portrait of Joanne van Buyten, the book's dedicatee; and 36 plates, 26 of which are folding, drawn and engraved by Pet van Sickeleers: each plate depicting multiple views of mushrooms (except for the last 4 devoted to plants), the whole includes 349 figures. Franciscus van Sterbeeck (1630-1693) was the Belgian pioneer of mycology, explaining the old terms and those of his time, refuting the erroneous arguments of some scholars, considering mushrooms and plants and fruits of the fields on the same level, and questioning popular beliefs. Chaplain to the bishopric of Antwerp, he was also a historian, architect and botanist, author of an entertaining Life in the Country (1668) later published under the title Le Jardinier intelligent. Copy of Georges Vicaire, with his engraved bookplate (1888). Binding worn, top cover torn off, corners dull; pp. 55-56 misplaced. Vicaire, 804; Pritzel, 8947; Nissen, 1892; Mykolibri, 2050.
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