CHRISTOPH JAKOB TREW (1695-1769) AND BENEDICT CHRISTIAN VOGEL (1745-1825)
Plantae Selectae. [Nuremberg]: 1750-1773,1790. 10 parts (decuriae) together with first supplement (of 2) in 1 volume, broadsheets and imperial 2° half sheets (487 x 355mm). Letterpress title to supplement. 10 engraved titles, letters in red, black and gold, most with decuria numbers and dates altered in manuscript (as usual), 4 mezzotint portraits of Trew, G. D. Ehret and J. J. Haid, and Vogel, 110 FINE HAND-COLOURED ENGRAVED PLATES AFTER GEORG DIONYSIUS EHRET by Johann Jacob Haid, each with the first word of caption highlighted in gold. (Plates XI and XXXVI shaved with slight loss to image, CIX and CX with neat repairs to versos of upper blank margins, XL slightly soiled, LXIV with slight smudging to colour, some browning to upper inner margins of pp.55-62.) Old half calf (worn). Provenance: Most plates with inserted early manuscript labels, in an unidentified hand, identifying the plants according to the Linnean system; U.Frank (counter-signed ink stamp); Johannishus Bibliotek (bookplate, dated 1952).
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE GREATEST 18TH-CENTURY BOTANICAL COLOUR-PLATE BOOKS, this copy including one of the two very rare supplements by Vogel (published in two decuriae in 1790-1792). The genesis of this work began as early as 1742 when Trew wrote to Christian Thran in Carlsruhe: 'Every year I receive some beautifully painted exotic plants [by Ehret] and have already more than one hundred of them, which with other pieces executed by local artists, should later on, Deo volante, constitute an appendicem to Weinmann's publication but will, I hope, find a better reception than his'. In 1748 agreement was reached that Johann Jacob Haid from Augsburg should provide the engravings, and the first part appeared 1750. Trew died before the text of the last three decuriae was written and before the illustrations of Decuriae IX and X were printed. The work was completed by Benedict Christian Vogel, Professor of Botany at the University of Altdorf. "In a letter in Latin to Trew Linnaeus expressed his opinion: 'The miracles of our century in the natural sciences are your work of Ehret's plants, Edwards' work of birds and Roesel's of insects, nothing equal was seen in the past and will be in the future.'" (Gerta Calmann. Ehret Flower Painter Extraordinary, 1977, p. 97).
Dunthorne 309; Great Flower Books p.78; Hunt 539; Nissen BBI 1997; Stafleu & Cowan 15.131.