Species Muscorum Frondosorum descriptae et tabulis aeneis LXXVII coloratis illustratae.
Opus posthumum editum a Friderico Schwaegrichen. Leipzig, J.A. Barth; Paris, A. Koenig, 1801. 4to (250 x 205mm). With engraved vignette on title and 77 hand-coloured engraved plates (with:) SCHWAEGRICHEN, C.F. Species Muscorum Frondosorum descriptae et tabulis aeneis coloratis illustratae opus posthumum. Supplementum I-IV. Leipzig, Paris, London 1801-1842. 11 volumes, bound in 7. 4to (250 x 205mmn). With 326 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary uniform half vellum, black boards.
The most important work on mosses. "The starting point for the nomenclature of Musci (Sphagnum excepted) ... Schwaegrichen published along series of supplements to Hedwig's 'Species Muscorum', which are, botanically, complete new works, mentioning all species anew, though, of course, referring to Hedwig" (Margadant pp. 141 & 144). "This work, 'Species Muscorum Frondosorum'(1801), published two years after his death, was later accepted as the valid starting point for the nomenclature of mosses. Hedwig showed the close relationship between mosses and liverworts, and also defined clearly, for the first time, the characters which separate these two groups" (Morton p. 322). This work was posthumously edited by C.F. Schwaegrichen, who succeeded Hedwig as Professor of Botany and Director of the Botanical Gardens in Leipzig. A complete set with all the supplements, such as offered here, is extremely rare. Nissen BBI, 830; Stafleu & Cowan 2532 & 11427.
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