Iconographia Botanica seu Plantae criticae. Icones Plantarum Rariorum et minus rite cognitarum, florae europaeae..../ Kupfersammlung kritischer Gewächse oder Abbildungen seltener und weniger genau bekannter Gewächse der Flora Europa's, als Kupfersammlung und Supplement, vorzüglich zu den Werken von Willdenow, Schkuhr, Persoon, Römer und Schultes, gezeichnet und nebst kurzer Erläuterung herausgegeben.

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Leipzig, F. Hofmeister, 1823-1832. 10 volumes, bound in 5. 4to (245 x 190mm). With 997 (of 1000) fine engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, marbled sides (a bit worn).

A floristic work of great rarity

A few volumes have the Latin title or the German one only, volume I lacks one leaf of introduction. The following 3 plates are lacking: 400, 600, and 800. Heinrich Gottlieb Ludwig Reichenbach (1793-1879) was a well known German botanist and ornithologist and a prolific author and able botanical artist. 564 of the plates are after drawings by Reichenbach, 192 by Reichenbach and Hummitsch, 243 by Hummitsch and a small number by other artists. This beautifully produced work was issued with plain and handcoloured plates; only a very few copies were published in coloured state. A floristic work of great rarity. Text both in Latin and German. Apart from the slightly rubbed bindings a very clean and fine set.

Nissen BBI, 1602; Stafleu & Cowan 8876; Johnston 870.