Ericarum Icones et Descriptiones/ Abbildung und Beschreibung der Heiden.
Eur 12,000 / USD 13,800
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Hannover, the author & Hahn, 1798-1823. 27 parts in 25. 4to (310 x 250mm). With 159 (of 162) beautifully handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary wrappers, uncut.
one of the rarest works on South African botany
A very fine uncut copy in its original wrappers of one of the rarest works on South African botany. The last parts are particularly rare due to the well-known 'Napoleonic Pause' the disruption of most of Western Europe's cultural life caused by wars waged by Napoleon and the aftermath. In our copy 3 plates are lacking in part 14. Johann Christoph Wendland (1755-1828) was chief-gardener at Herrenhausen. The fine plates are after drawings by the author and the great majority depict South African species. Dr. W.Junk in his 'Junk Rara' writes that he does not remember having seen a complete copy. The only complete copy to have been on the market in the last decades is the Plesh copy sold at auction in 1976.
Kerkham, 'Southern African Botanical Literature', 723; Stafleu & Cowan 17.132.