13 June 2002
JACQUIN, Nicolas Joseph, Baron von (1727-1817). Stapeliarum in hortus Vindobornensibus cultarum descriptiones figuris coloratis illustratae. Vienna: Wappler and Beck and London: White, 1806[-1819].
2° (468 x 310mm). 64 hand-coloured engraved plates. (Occasional light spotting.) Near contemporary green morocco gilt, covers with wide decorative border of fillets and roll-tools including scrolling vines, spine in six compartments with wide raised bands, lettered in the second, others with overall repeat decoration of massed scrolling vines, bands tooled with stylised flowers and foliage within a single fillet rectangle, turn-ins with scrolling vine-roll, gilt edges. Provenance: occasional early pencilled notes in English on margins of some plates, one note dated 'Aug. 1829'.
AN EXCELLENT COPY OF THIS IMPORTANT EARLY WORK ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN STAPELIA GENUS OF PLANTS. THE LAST OF THE GREAT JACQUIN BOTANICAL COLOUR-PLATE WORKS, AND APPARENTLY ONE OF THE RAREST. No copy of this work is listed as having sold at auction in the past twenty five years. Francis Masson, the Kew plant-hunter, published an earlier work on the genus (Stapeliae Novae: or, a Collection of several new species of that genus; discovered in the Interior Parts of Africa, 1796-7) with 41 plates, but the present work includes nearly 20 more species. It is also Jacquin's last major publication (the work was completed by his son, Joseph Franz, who signs an explanatory note on the final leaf) marking an end to the golden age of Austrian botanical works. BM (NH) II, p.918; Great Flower Books (1990) p.105; Nissen BBI 981; Stafleu and Cowan 3257
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