Lugduni: apud Seb. Gryphium, 1539, reprint of the 1536 edn. 12mo, 97 + index. Printer's device on the title and final leaves. Bound in modern vellum backed boards with new endpapers. A very nice clean copy. Hunt 45; Durling 1395; Adams S1729; Pretzel 2745; STC, French p. 155. Item #24624
Charles Estienne (1506-1564) was the third son of Henri and a man of great learning. He studied medicine and took his Doctor's degree in Paris. When his brother left Paris for Geneva, Robert took over the printing establishment and in the same year was appointed the King's printer. This was first published in 1535 and contains information on gardening, flowers, seeds, herbs, trees, fruit, etc., and includes individual descriptions of specific flowers in both Greek and Latin with references to ancient authorities. The index of plants in the rear is printed in Latin and French. This was intended as a school book for young readers, a kind of companion volume to his Seminarium et Plantarium Fructiferarum published around the same time.