Plantarum minus cognitarum Centuria I (-III) complectens Plantas circa Byzantium & in Oriente observatas.
Petropoli, ex Typographia Academiae, 1728-1729. 3 parts (bound in 1 volume). 4to (255 x 210mm). (I): pp. (12), 48, with 65 engraved plates; (II): pp. (4), 46, with 50 engraved plates; (III): pp. (2), 42, (1), with 74 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, floral gilt spine with red gilt lettered label (head of spine rubbed).
Five parts were published, of which we offer the first three. A very rare and important pre-Linnaean flora, describing the plants of Constantinople and the Orient. "The author was a German botanist who accompanied Count Romanov on a mission to Constantinople, traveled extensively in Asia Minor, and was later summoned to St. Peterburg by Peter the Great. This is the first edition of this work which is generally regarded as giving the first descriptions of the plants of the coastal lands of the Black Sea, Asia Minor, and Armenia" (Johnston 661). Buxbaum became professor at the Imperial University of St. Petersburg. Complete copies are very scarce and Brunet I, 1432 says the following of this work: "On ne trouve pas facilement cet ouvrage complet". Three leaves with small marginal repair. Nissen BBI, 309; Johnston 361.
Item nr. 9499
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