REITER, I.D. & ABEL, G.F.

Abbildung der hundert deutschen wilden Holz-Arten nach dem Numern-Verzeichnis im Forst-Handbuch von F.A.L. von Burgsdorf.

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Als eine Beilage zu diesem Werke, heraus gegeben. I.(-IV.) Heft (all published). Stuttgart, gedruktin der Drukerei der Herzoglichen Hohen Karls-Schule, 1790. 4to (280 x 225mm). pp. (14), 38, with 100 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, ornamented spine with gilt lettered label (old skilful repair to hinges).

rare botanical work describing one hundred woody plants, with fruit and flowers growing wild in Germany

A fine copy of the first edition of this very rare botanical work describing one hundred woody plants, with fruit and flowers growing wild in Germany. The colouring of the plates is of an unusual high standard, and belongs to the very best produced in southern Germany at its summit of fine natural history production. The plates are engraved and drawn by G.F. Abel himself, a Stuttgart artist and engraver. Apart from this and one other work, also by Reiter, he is otherwise unknown as a botanical artist. One technique employed, unusual in colour-plate botanical books, is the use of background shadows to give the illusion of the plants standing slightly above the surface of the page.

Reiter was a botanist and forester; he was forestry commissioner at Stuttgart 1794-1801 and later in the Würtemberger forestry department. The Burgsdorf work referred to in the title is his 'Anleitung zur sichern Erziehung....' 1787. The plates are in mint condition.

Nissen BBI, 1617; Stafleu & Cowan 8971.