London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
CANDOLLE, Augustin Pyramus de, (1778-1841). Plantarum succulentarum historia, ou Histoire naturelle des plantes. Paris: Pierre Didot L'Ainé, 1799- Parts 1-24 in 3 volumes, 2° (505 x 322 mm). 139 hand-finished colour printed engraved plates after Redouté only (variable light spotting throughout). Recent quarter leather over cloth-covered boards, spines with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in second & numbered in fourth compartments (a little light wear to headcaps). Provenance: Edmund Giles Loder; H.C. Drayton (bookplates).
LARGE PAPER ISSUE OF REDOUTÉ'S FIRST MAJOR WORK AS AN ILLUSTRATOR. It was also the first major botanical work to rely on colour-printed plates using techniques refined by Redouté. 'The original folio edition was struck off in 100 copies ... The number of copies printed for the quarto and for other later editions is not known' (Stafleu in Hunt Redouteana pp.15-16).
'One of the nightmares of botanical bibliography ... Several editions are known to have been distributed, but new title-pages, partial indexes and new covers were issued at different times either with existing stock or with later reprints... There are hardly any identical copies. Very often plates are lacking, but... a huge number of "variants" exist' (Stafleu & Cowan 983). Dunthorne 241; Great Flower Books p.53; Hunt Redouteana 6; Nissen BBI 321. (3)
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