16 June 2016
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HUMBOLDT, Alexander von and Aime J. A. BONPLAND. Plantes équinoxiales, recueillies au Mexique, dans l'ile de Cuba, dans les provinces de Caracas, de Cumana et de Barcelone, aux Andes de la Nouvelle-Grenade, de Quito et du Pérou, et sur les bords du Rio-Negro, de l'Orénoque et de la rivière des Amazones. Paris: F. Schoell and Tuebingen: J.G. Cotta, 1808-09.
2 volumes, 2° (518 x 358 mm). Titles in French and Latin, engraved dedicatory portrait frontispiece and 124 (of 141) engraved plates by Sellier after Poiteau and Turpin. (Lacking half-title, Vol.II lacking pages 125-191 and plates 122-140, lacking frontispiece portrait, some spotting and marginal staining.) 19th-century cloth-backed boards (worn). Provenance: W.J. Bonser (bookplate on pastedowns); Hodgson (pencil note dated 16 August 1917); Gloucestershire county Library (stamp on pastedown vol.I, stickers on verso of title-pages). Provenance: Sold Sotheby's, 26 November 1996, lot 39.
FIRST EDITION, of Plantes équinoxiales, recueillies au Mexique... the first section of the sixth part of Humboldt's and Bonpland's monumental scientific survey of Central and South America, conducted between 1799 and 1804. Stafleu and Cowan remark that Humboldt's own copy of this work was uncolored. A contemporary announcement of this work mentions no issue with colored plates. Dunthorne 143; Great Flower Books 51; Nissen BBI 954; Sabin 33760; Stafleu and Cowan TL2 3141. Sold as a collection of plates not subject to return.
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