Flore Portugaise ou description de toutes les plantes qui croissent naturellement en Portugal.
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Berlin, Charles Fréderic Amelang for the authors, 1809-1820 (-1840). Folio (535 x 3605mm). 185 stipple engraved plates printed in colours and finished by hand, engraved by Bollinger, Clar, Dumbte, Guimpel, Haas, Krethlow, Meyer, Schubert and Wachmann after drawings by G.W. Voelker and Hoffmansegg. Later fold-out box with printed title on front cover.
A collection of plates of this rare and beautifully produced work
A collection of plates of this rare and beautifully produced work. A complete copy of the work has 111 plates. The present collection of plates has duplicates and does not represent a complete suite of plates. The work was produced by Count Hoffmannsegg, contemporary of Redouté, whose work it rivals. In our opinion it surpasses the latter's 'Jardin de la Malmaison', perhaps technically the finest of Redouté's oeuvres. The preface confidently predicts 'we are certain that, despite the fact that this will be the first such work to be published in Germany, it will bear comparison with other floras, and even with all similar works published to this day', a boast that it more than fulfils. All plates illustrate species newly discovered and previously undescribed, drawn from living specimens by Hoffmannsegg or from his herbarium specimens by Voelker.
Dunthorne 136; Great Flower Books p. 59; Nissen BBI, 901; Stafleu & Cowan 2911.