Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer (1782-1856)
Flora des Königreichs Hannover. Gottingen and Hamburg: 1840-42. 4 volumes comprising 3 volumes text and a portfolio of plates, 2° (520 x 360mm). Portfolio of plates in two parts, each with letterpress titles, engraved additional title with colour-printed and hand-coloured engraved vignette and 30 fine colour-printed and hand-coloured engraved plates by Andorff, F.Fleischmann, Grape, C.Guinand, F.W.Meyer, C.Meyer, H.Meyer, C,Schmelz and Schumann after the author, F.W.Meyer, Eberlein, Saxesen, Schumann, Sontag and M.Tettelbach. (Some minor spotting to a few plates). Contemporary Hannoverian purple morocco gilt, covers with floral gilt border and ornate cornerpieces, pink endpapers, spines in five compartments, gilt inner dentelles with vine leaf roll gilt edges, (light scuffing to portfolio volume).
A MAGNIFICENT COPY OF THIS RARE WORK, ON HANNOVERIAN FLORA. The plants depicted are quite domestic: fox-glove, buttercups, grasses, dog-rose and other wild flowers to be found in Hannover, but the artists and engravers employed on this work have transformed the familiar into a work of art. The purple fox-glove in particular is a marvel of natural-history art: all the botanical details are correctly displayed, but certain touches (the bloom on the leaves, the luminosity of the inside of the flowers) raise the image up and away from a mere botanical record and into the realms of botanical art comparable to some of the best work of the French artists of the early 19th century. Stafleu and Cowan give a full collation of an edition dated 1842-54, issued in 2 volumes and 6 parts. This present copy is the earlier issue 1842 and does not include the text for parts 3-5 of the third volume, published in 1846-54. Cf. Stafleu & Cowan III,5935. (4)