LIBOSCHITZ, J. & C. TRINIUS.
Flore des environs de St.-Pétersbourg et de Moscou. Tome Premier (all published).
St.-Pétersbourg, de l' Imprimerie de Pluchart et Cie, 1811. Folio (315 x 250mm). pp. (10), 121, (1), with 40 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary marbled boards, spine with contemporary manuscript title, uncut.
First edition and one of the rarest Russian floras. Wilhelm Junk in his catalogue "Bibliographia Botanica' 1909 offers an incomplete copy with following comment: 'Une partie de cet ouvrage rarissime dont volume I seulement (avec 40 plchs) a paru". The present first edition is printed on large paper with the text in French only and the fine plates with Latin nomenclature. Another edition was published with publishing date 1818 with the French as well as a Russian text, however printed on a much smaller format with small letters. Russian nomenclature was added to the plates. The colouring of this rare first edition is superior to the later one. Joseph Liboschitz (1783-1824) was a Russian physician and naturalist from Vilnius. From 1798 he was a student at the University of Vilnius obtaining his medical doctorate in 1806 at the University of Tartu, he practiced medicine in his hometown of Vilnius, later relocating to St. Petersburg where he served as a court physician (from 1812) and personal physician to Tsar Alexander I (from 1822). Carl Bernard von Trinius (1778-1844) was a born German botanist and physician. From 1829 to 1833 he taught classes in natural sciences to the future Russian monarch, Czar Alexander II. First few leaves with a very faint marginal damp staining at the right upper corner. A fine uncut copy. Stafleu & Cowan 4499 Nissen BBI, 1191 (quoting the wrong number of plates).
Item nr. 10018
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