Enumeratio Lichenum Iconibus et Descriptionibus illustrata.
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Erlangae, Wolfgang Walther, 1784. 3 parts. 4to (265 x 210mm). pp. (2), 1-46; pp. (2), 47-78; (2), 79-102, with 22 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, richly gilt spine with red label.
The first systematic contributions to Lichens in Germany were made by Hoffmann
The first systematic contributions to Lichens in Germany were made by Hoffmann (1760-1826). 'Georg Franz Hoffmann was born in 1760 in Marktbreit and studied botany in Erlangen, where he also became interested in lichens. After successful studies, he was offered a professorship in Erlangen in 1787 where he started working on lichens, but was subsequently called to the botany chair in Göttingen in 1792. Here he became a very popular professor among the students, known for his excellent lectures, but he left this position to take up the botany chair in Moscow in 1804. He is known foremost for his publications on lichens from his time in Germany...' (Kärnefelt, Scholz and others, Lichenology in Germany: past, present and future p. 5). A fine and uncut copy, the plates are after drawings by the author.
Nissen BBI, 889.