Icones florae Groenlandicae, Tabulae ex opere 'Icones florae Danicae' inscripto selectae.

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Copenhagen, Bianco Luno, 1883. 3 atlas volumes and 1 index volume. Folio (392 x 255mm). pp. 11, with 336 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary black half calf, spines with gilt ornaments and lettering (a bit rubbed) and recent brown cloth (index).

scarce work portraying the flora of Greenland

A very scarce work portraying the flora of Greenland. These plates had been part of the famous 'Flora Danica' depicting plants from Denmark, Norway, North Germany, Greenland and part of Sweden. It was published over a period of 122 years from 1761 to 1874 comprising 3240 hand-coloured engraved plates. Johan Martin Christian Lange (1818-1898) was a prominent Danish botanist and editor of the 'Flora Danica' from 1861 to 1874. He travelled throughout Europe, completing extensive studies on the flora of Denmark, Spain and Greenland. Such as his 'Conspectus florae Groenlandicae' published 1880 (-1894).
The present 'Icones florae Groenlandicae' consists of new impressions of the original copperplates of the 'Flora Danica' which were preserved in the Castle Charlottenborg. The edition of the present work was very small and complete copies with 336 plates are unknown as some of the early copperplates of the 'Flora Danica' were destroyed by fire. In the present copy 3 plates 140, 147 and 236 are missing, however our copy has 3 extra plates 26a, 139a and 191a. This brings the total of plates to 336, the same number as mentioned in the index.

Provenance: Adam Helms (1904-1980) publisher.

See H. Knudsen. The story behind Flora Danica.