Stromer von Reichenbach, Wolfgang Albrecht. Die edle Garten-Wissenschafft. Aus Petri Laurembergii Rostochiensis horticultura, & apparatu plantarum [...].

Nuremberg, Michael & Johann Friderich Endter, 1671-1673.

8vo. 2 parts in 1 volume. (10), 340, (8) pp. (14), 368, (28) pp. With 2 engraved frontispieces and 21 (instead of 23) partly numbered engraved plates, 7 of which folded. Contemporary full vellum, wanting ties.


First edition.

Important German compilation of Peter Lauremberg's Latin works on gardening. Drawing from his "Horticultura" and "Apparatus plantarius", first published by Merian in 1632, as well as on other unspecified authors, the economic historian Stromer discusses planting and fertilisation as well as grafting, reproduction and the cultivation of orchards and flower gardens. The lovely plates include depictions of gardening tools, grafting, the construction of mazes, and flowerbeds of various artistic shapes, as well as garden pavilions. The two frontispieces, still bearing the title "Horticultura Laurembergiana", show two putti before the entrance to a splendid baroque garden.

This edition, combining parts 1 and 2 in one volume, is rarely seen at auction; it was last sold in 2018 by Zisska and Lacher. A second edition including a third volume would be published in 1682. A copy catalogued as containing a total of 23 plates is held at the Technische Informationsbibliothek Hannover, but was not available for online verification.

Binding somewhat brownstained; loss of the upper cover's yapp edge. Tailband loosened. Interior slightly browned and brownstained throughout.

A good copy of a work representing the pinnacle of baroque gardening.

VD 17, 12:625330K. Dünnhaupt (2nd ed.) 2564, F2. Güntz I, 163 (vol. I). Wimmer/Lauterbach 120f. For Lauremberg's works cf. Nissen BBI, 1146; Wüthrich II, 33f.

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