4 December 2014
IMPORTANT BOTANICAL BOOKS FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
REICHENBACH, Heinrich Gottlieb Ludwig (1793-1879). Flora exotica. Die Prachtpflanzen des Auslandes, in naturgetreuen Abbildungen. Leipzig, Hofmeister, 1834-36.
5 volumes, 4° (352 x 271 mm). 359 (of 360, lacks plate 150) hand-colored lithographed plates (some light browning and staining). Contemporary half cloth, leather lettering-piece on spines (some rubbing and wear to edges).
FIRST EDITION. Based on van Geel's Sertum Botanicum (Brussels 1827-32) with the German text by Reichenbach. A valuable contemporary record of recently introduced ornamental trees, shrubs, and flowering plants, overseen by the “Société de Botanistes,” and reflecting the growing strength of botanical research in Belgium at this period. With two plates illustrating number 350 and no plate for number 327 as issued. Great Flower Books, p.73; Nissen, BBI 1601; Stafleu and Cowan TL2 8883l; Pritzel 7507.
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