18 December 2002
HOST, Nicolaus Thomas (1761-1834). Icones et descriptiones graminum Austriacorum. Vienna: M.A. Schmidt, 1801-9.
4 volumes, 2o (447 x 325 mm). 400 hand-colored engraved plates by J. Ibmayer. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines worn, last volume broken). Provenance: Bibliotheca Stephaniana (bookplate); Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Stickney Fund (bookplate dated 1888; stamps).
FIRST EDITION, A SUPERB AND VERY RARE MONOGRAPH ON AUSTRIAN GRASSES, in the style of Jacquin's Viennese productions. The work was subsidized by the Hapsburg Emperor Francis I, who supported the opening of the botanical Garden near Belvedere, which Host directed for more than 30 years. Great Flower Books p. 60; Nissen BBI 935; Stafleu and Cowan TL2 3066.
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