Plantarum minus cognitarum centuriae, I-V, complectens plantas circa Byzantium & in Oriente observatas.
Petropoli, typographia Academiae, 1728-1740. 5 parts bound in one. 4to (255 x 200mm). pp. (12), 48;(2), 46, (2); (2), 42, (2); (4), 40; (4), 48 with 293 engraved plates and 5 engraved vignettes. Contemporary calf, gilt ornamented spines with red gilt lettered label (old repair to spine and a bit rubbed).
A very rare and good complete set. Copies with all the 5 parts are rare and Brunet I, 1432 says thefollowing of this work: "On ne trouve pas facilement cet ouvrage complet". An important pre-Linnaean flora giving the first descriptions of the plants of the coastal lands of the Black Sea, Asia Minor, and Armenia. In 1721 Buxbaum (German botanist, physocian and traveller, 1693-1730) was invited by Peter the Great, tsar of Russia, to take up a position as botanist in the Physical Garden, at the Medical Collegium in St. Petersburg. In 1724 he accompanied Count Rumyantsev on a mission to Constantinople. On his way back from Constantinople he visited Asia Minor, travelling through Baku and Derbent he reached Astrachan, to return finally in 1727 to St. Petersburg. There is a letter of Linnaeus to Gottlieb Carl Springsfeld concerning a plant in Buxbaum's 'Plantarum' of which we give a short summary: Linnaeus has heard from Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber that Gottlob Carl Springfeld now possesses Johann Christian Buxbaums herbarium. Linnaeus is fascinated by a plant in Buxbaums Plantarum minus cognitarum centuria II, tab. 35, that is akin to Cistus. Linnaeus would like to borrow this plant or have a floret from it. Linnaeus believes this plant to constitute a genus of its own. Linnaeus gives Springfeld his word as a nobleman that he will return the plant and should he create a new genus, name it after Springfeld. Two plates with paper repair at lower margin not affecting the illustration. Last 2 parts with some light dampstaining at right lower corner. The collation of the work is as follows: Volume I with 65 plates, volume II with 50 plates, volume III with 74 plates, volume IV with 66 plates on 39 leaves (plate 35 never published), volume V with 71 plates and 44 plates for the appendix, printed on 65 leaves (plates 9 and 33 never published). Nissen 309; Pritzel 1407.
Item nr. 7264
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