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JACQUIN, Nikolaus Joseph, Freiherr von.

Nicolai Josephi selectarum stirpium Americanarum historia

in qua ad Linnaeanum systema determinatae descriptaeque sistuntur plantae illae quas in insulis Martinica, Iamaica, Domingo, aliisque et in vicinae continentis parte, obseravivit rariores; adjectis iconibus ad autoris archetypa pictis.

Stock Code
107539
[Vienna, 1780
£175,000

The truly spectacular 'deluxe' second edition of Jacquin's Plants of the Americas from the celebrated libraries of George Hibbert (1757-1837) and Beriah Botfield (1807-1863). 'One of the most beautiful and intriguing botanical books of the eighteenth century... [and] indisputably one of the rarest' (Mills, p10).

Between 12 and 18 copies of this de-luxe edition illustrated with watercolours were issued. The first edition with engraved plates was published in 1763. These drawings were copied from the author's originals made during his tour of the West Indies and Caribbean in 1755 and 1759, and represent actual size. Each copy has a different title-page, some with the signature of the artist Franz Bauer; the text was expanded from that of the earlier edition.

Only a handful of examples were produced, almost all now in institutional libraries, with none appearing for sale in the past twenty-five years. The beautiful title-pages in surviving copies vary considerably, with

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Description

Second edition; large folio (46.8 x 32.7 cm); manuscript title page, 264 watercolours numbered in pencil (of which 2 folding) by Ferdinand and Franz Bauer, very occasional light marks, light crease to corner of plate 85, slight foxing at head of plate 101, short closed tear to fold of both folding plates (not affecting images), contemporary diced russia by C. Kalthoeber (binder's orange ticket to front free endpaper), richly gilt, gilt lettering to spine, gilt and marbled edges, marbled endpapers, neatly rebacked with original spine laid down, slight wear to upper board and extremities, repairs to corners; an excellent copy; [2], 136, [4, list of plates].

Bibliography

Nissen 980; Pritzel (2nd ed.) 4363; Sitwell & Blunt, p105; Soulsby 646b; See Christopher Mills, Plants of the Americas: the second edition of Nikolaus von Jacquin's Selectarum stirpium Americanarum historia; commentary (London, Folio Society, 2016).

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