BAUER, FERDINAND. Illustrationes florae Novae Hollandiae, sive icones generum quae in Prodromo Novae Hollandiae et insulae van Diemen descripsit Robertus Brown. London: apud auctorem, [1806-] 1813.
Folio, 493 x 325 mm., modern speckled calf, covers with double gilt fillet, spine gilt with red morocco label, marbled edges, by Aquarius, title cracked at gutter margin, uncolored suite of plates foxed, small circular stamp removed from verso of title.
FIRST EDITION 7 preliminary pages containing title, dedication to Sir Joseph Banks and 3 pp. text. 15 copper engravings by and after Ferdinand Bauer, in two forms, hand-colored and uncolored.
EXTREMELY RARE. "In 1801 Bauer went as natural history artist on the coastal survey of New Holland carried out under the command of Captain Flinders in H.M.S. Investigator. Robert Brown was the naturalist on this expedition, and both he and Bauer went on the recommendation and at the expense of Sir Joseph Banks. In 1803, after the Investigator was condemned as unseaworthy Captain Flinders decided to return to England to obtain another ship to complete the expedition. Bauer and Brown, however, continued their travels in Australia, and finally returned to England in 1805 with several thousands of botanical specimens and many hundreds of sketches of plants. In 18 Bauer began to publish his Illustrationes florae Novae Hollandiae, a work which did not meet with sufficient encouragement to be continued after the third number." -- Henrey II, p. 195. Ferdinand Bauer's elder brother, Franz Andreas, later explained that the project was abandoned due to Ferdinand's inability to find competent engravers and colorists to complete it; forcing Ferdinand's return to his native Austria. According to Stafleu & Cowan, fewer than fifty copies were published. An unpublished sixteenth plate is in the BM (NH) collection of proofs of the work.
Dunthorne 27; Ferguson 549 (noting 5 copies; 2 colored); Great Flower Books, p. 49; Henrey II, p. 195; Nissen BBI 96; Pritzel 493; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 362.
Provenance: Bremmer (sale, Gaston Renard-Leonard Joel, Collingwood, Australia, 29 August 1988, lot 178).