BLANCO, Francisco Manuel (1778-1845). Flora de Filipinas adicionada con el manuscrito indito del P. Fr. Ignacio Mercado, las obras del Antonio Llanas y un apndice con todas las nuevas investigaciones botanicas referentes al Archipilago Filipino. Gran edicion hecha a expensas de la provincia de Augustinos Calzados de Filipinas bajo le direccion cientifiga del P. Fr. Adrs Naves. Manila: 1877-1880[-1883].
8 volumes, 2o (440 x 320 mm). Half- titles, title-pages printed in red and black. Etched frontispiece plate dedicated to the memory of Blanco, portrait of Blanco, 1-page tinted lithographic manuscript facsimile of Blanco's notes, 477 chromolithographic plates after Lorenzo Guerrero, Regino Garcia y Basa, Fabian Domingo, C.Arguelles, J.Garcia, Rosendo Garcia, F.Martinez and others, printed by C.Verdaguer of Barcelona (repairs to some plates, plate 14 with repair along lower corner with some loss to imprint, plate 50 with large crease starting to separate, some plates short, a few plates shaved slightly affecting image). (Lacking pictorial title-page, half-title in vol. 4 repaired, repairs to gathering "13" in vol. 3, some occasional minor spotting.) Modern red half morocco, top edges gilt, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Provenance: Plates ink-stamped with a number at upper right corner and lower left corner of each plate (the numbers in lower left indicate the correct numerical order of the plates according to the index in vol. 2); typed annotations and sometimes corrections to the printed descriptions at the bottom of each plate.
THE DELUXE EDITION, LIMITED TO 500 COPIES, AND THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, describing the flowers, fruits, and trees of the Philippines. The present edition is in effect the third edition of the pioneer work by the Spanish priest, explorer and botanist Francisco Blanco, who lived in the Philippines for 40 years working as a priest in various parts of the country and collecting plant specimens as he traveled. Flora Filipinas was first published in Manila in a small quarto volume in 1837 with a second edition published in 1845, both of which were not illustrated. Blanco's text is here expanded and amended and includes the many fine chromolithographic illustrations. This edition was issued in two formats: an "edición económic" with the plates uncolored and numbered, and the present limited "edición de lujo" with colored plates. A previous owner of this copy clearly wished to enhance the work's usability by the addition of the typed identifications on each plate. BM(NH) I, p.172; Nissen BBI 170; Palau 30214; Stafleu & Cowan 553. (8)