- Bookplate of John Evelyn on upper pastedown. Ad 1: Lacks fold. plate; margin of 1 leaf flawed, not affecting text; sm. waterstain upper outer corner title. Ad 2: Contemp. ms. annots. on title.
= Ad 1: Adams L536; Sabin 228. First Latin edition of the original French edition (La Rochelle: Pour Antoine Chuppin, 1578), translated by Lery himself. One of the earliest eye-witness accounts of the New World, on the first settlements in Brasil, and its natural history. The woodcuts mainly depict Brazilian natives and their customs.
Ad 2: Voet 639; Adams B566; Bibl. Belg. B123; Index Aur. 116.334; Nissen, ZBI 305; Pritzel 695. First Latin edition of the original French edition, Plantin 1555, with addition of a few notes by Carolus Clusius. The work is divided into three books, the first about Crete, the Greek islands, continental Greece and Constantinople, the second about the islands of Asia Minor, Egypt, Sinai, Palestine and Syria, the third about Asia Minor. "The work contains observations about geography, fauna, plants, mines, agriculture, religions, the life of inhabitants, monuments and archaeological descriptions such as the city of Troy, the pyramids or the mummies." (Labore et Constantia 127). The woodcuts mainly depict plants and animals, but also a map of Turkey and a view of Alexandria. "In the same letter of 12 March 1587 interesting details are given about the illustrations. Clusius must have expressed the wish to reproduce the woodcuts as given in the 1555-publication, but Plantin tried in vain to recover the wood-blocks of his 1555-editions, sold at the auction of his press in 1562. He was forced to give Clusius' French edition to Pieter van der Borcht to copy the illustrations. The illustrations are, consequently, in reverse of the ones of Plantin's 1555-edition. (...) In fact not all the 1555-illustrations were copied; for six plants (pp.6, 93, 255, 258, 291, 475) and one animal (p.493) blocks were used from herbals and similar works published by Plantin in the preceding years." (Voet).
Ad 3: Voet 638; Pritzel 609 note; Bibl. Belgica B 124: "Dans ce livre, le dernier et peut-être le plus intéressant des ouvrages de Belon, l'auteur donne la liste des arbres exotiques qu'il serait utile d'introduire en France, et il invite le collège des médecins de Paris à fonder un établissement pour l'acclimatation des plantes étrangères." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXI.