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GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Versuch die Metamorphose der Pflanzen zu erklren. Gotha: Carl Wilhelm Ettinger, 1790.
8o (203 x 129 mm). Contemporary boards, leather spine label (minor rubbing to edges). Provenance: Bibliotheque du Prince Louis de Sayn-Wittgenstein (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Goethe's first published testimony of his scientific interests. "With regard both to Linnaeus and Wolff it may be said that they anticipated the morphology of plants, but that to Goethe belongs the credit of establishing it" (Osler). Osler 2767; Pritzel 293; Sparrow Milestones of Science 86; Norman 913.
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