4 December 2014
IMPORTANT BOTANICAL BOOKS FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
LEDERMÜLLER, Martin Frobenius (1719-1769). Versuch, bey angehender Frühlings-Zeit die Vergrösserungs Werckzeuge nüzlich… anzuwenden. Essai d'employer les instruments microscopiques avec utilité et plaisir dans la saison de printems. Nuremberg: A.L.Wirsing, 1764.
2° (462 x 340 mm). German and French text in double columns. Hand-colored engraved title with rococo border, 12 hand-colored engraved plates, all by Adam Ludwig Wirsing, uncut. (A few mostly marginal stains.) Contemporary boards (light rubbing and staining). Provenance: The Warren H. Corning Collection Horticultural Classics (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. "By profession a lawyer, Ledermüller shows a discerning interest in the art and science of botany, and in the newer science of microscopy... it was he who prepared the good drawings and the text for the book. [Wirsing was] a precise artist [who] did the engravings for several botanical works, including J.C. Trew's Hortus nitidissimus" (Hunt). Cleveland Collections 471, (GC copy this copy); Hunt 581; Nissen BBI 1160.
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