Oxford: Sheldoniano, 1674. hardcover. 52 fine copper engravings showing numerous plants and flowers, engraved pictorial title depicting the Sheldonian Theatre. 4to, expertly recased, full brown calf (some scratches on the covers), red leather label. Oxford: Theatro Sheldoniano, 1674. very good(+).
A beautiful copy of this fine herbal by the Italian botanist Paolo Boccone (1633-1704). The author was born in Palermo and developed an interest in Natural History and botany at a young age. He traveled in Western Europe and mainly collected rare plant specimens in Italy, Sicily and Corsica. Nissen #179; Hunt #329; Wing 3384; Pritzel 859; Hunt 329.