JACQUIN, Nikolaus Joseph (1727-1817, Baron von). Florae Austriacae, sive Plantarum Selectarum in Austriae archiducatu sponte crescentium, icones, ad vivum coloratae, et descriptionibus, ac synonymis illustratae. Vienna: printed by Leopold Johann Kaliwoda (vols. I-III) and Joseph Michael Gerold (vols. IV & V), 1773-1778.

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JACQUIN, Nikolaus Joseph (1727-1817, Baron von). Florae Austriacae, sive Plantarum Selectarum in Austriae archiducatu sponte crescentium, icones, ad vivum coloratae, et descriptionibus, ac synonymis illustratae. Vienna: printed by Leopold Johann Kaliwoda (vols. I-III) and Joseph Michael Gerold (vols. IV & V), 1773-1778.

5 volumes in 3, large 2° (465 x 280mm). Half-titles, titles with hand-coloured engraved views. 500 FINE HAND-COLOURED ENGRAVED PLATES, one folding, and one uncoloured plate, most by I. Adam after Franz von Scheidl. (Some plates shaved into blank plate area, 17 shaved touching the image, half-title of vol. II laminated with repaired 10cm. tear in upper blank margin, unobtrusive library stamp and duplicate sale stamp skilfully removed from verso of each title and verso of five plates, occasional very light spotting or browning.) Dark green morocco gilt, covers with wide decorative arabesque border within a series of triple fillets, the spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in two, the others with decorative overall symmetrical pattern composed from various small tools, gilt-ruled turn-ins, g.e., by J. Mackenzie. Provenance: British Museum (stamps, 1831 duplicate for sale stamps, mostly erased); sold Sotheby's 24 February 1831, lot 1003, (11.

FIRST EDITION. This work is one of the greatest works on Austrian flora produced during the golden age of Viennese botanical books, made possible by generous imperial patronage. This copy has been bound with the first volume containing the titles and text of vols. I and II and plates numbered 1 - 145; the second volume contains the titles and text of vol. III and plate numbers 146 - 300; the third volume contains the titles and text of vols. IV and V and plate numbers 301 - 392, 392*, 393 - 450 & A.T.1 - A.T.50. The binding is uniform with the Hortus and Icones (lots 68 and 71). Some of the endpapers are watermarked 1830 and Mackenzie's stamp does not include the 'Binder to the King' tag. Given the 1831 duplicate-sale stamp a binding date of between 1831 and 1837 seems probable.

Nissen BBI 971; Great Flower Books p. 61; Dunthorne 151; Stafleu and Cowan 3247. (3)
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