JAUBERT, H.F. & SPACH, E.
Illustrationes Plantarum Orientalium.
Paris, Roret, 1842-1857. 5 volumes. Large-4to (345 x 255mm). With 500 engraved plates and 1 large folding map (the 4 maps are put together). Contemporary half calf, spines with gilt lines and lettering, marbled sides (very slightly rubbed).
A fine complete copy of this very scarce flora of the Near East (from Greece eastward to Afghanistan and southward to Abyssinia). "This fine work owes its origin to an expedition made in 1839 by the French politician and botanist Count François Hippolyte Jaubert (1798-1874), and his friend Charles F.M. Texier (1802-1871), the archeologist, to Asia Minor. On his return Jaubert decided to publish illustrations of the new and little known species of plants he had collected, with some collected by earlier travellers ... The best botanical artists of Paris - J. and F. Gontier, E. Lesèble, de Ligniville, Maubert, Riocreux, Willy, Mlle. Champeaux, Mesdames Gouffé, Hublier and Spach - were employed for the plates ... All beautifully and accurately drawn and engraved. Historically the most interesting are a number by Claude Aubriet ... Nicolas Robert and Pierre Redouté. Jaubert planned and directed the work and even wrote part of the text, but most of this was done by Edouard Spach" (Journal Soc. Bibl. Nat. Hist. I, 9). Edmond Boissier the famous author of 'Flora Orientalis' considered the 'Illustrationes' "par le soin apporté à la partie descriptive et par la beauté des figures, un des livres les plus precieux pour la Flore d'Orient". Some paper discoloration at the upper margin (circa 1/2 cm). Nissen BBI, 958; Stafleu & Cowan 3303
Item nr. 9330
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