JACQUIN, NIKOLAUS JOSEPH, Baron von. Miscellanea austriaca ad botanicam, chemiam, et historiam naturalem spectantia, cum figuris partim coloratis. Vienna: ex officina Krausiana, typis J. Gerold (vol. 1), M. A. Schmidt (vol. 2), 1778-81.
2 vols., 4to, 237 (v.2: 234) x 182 mm., non-uniform contemporary Austrian or German half calf, spines gilt panelled, tan calf lettering-pieces, uncut and almost entirely unopened, some light foxing to text, folding plate 20 with short marginal tear at fold.
FIRST AND ONLY EDITION, 44 hand-colored engraved plates, 5 folding, of plants, plant parts, lichen, one of butterflies and scarabs, by Jakob Adams, probably after the drawings of the various contributors, woodcut title vignettes, head- and tail-pieces.
Like its successor, Jacquin's Collectanea, this semi-periodical publication contains articles by Jacquin and his friends and colleagues, the most important being probably Franz Xavier Von Wulfen's Plantae rariories Carinthiacae in vol. II. Similarly to the Plesch copy and unlike the Hunt copy, the text paper of this copy is unwatermarked, and the plates are printed on paper watermarked with a shield with fleur-de-lys, countermarked C. & J. Honig.
Hunt 655 (imperfect); Nissen BBI 975; Pritzel 4367; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 3248.
Provenance: Unidentified modern bookplate of angel holding shield -- Robert de Belder (sale, Sotheby's London, 27 April 1987, lot 174). (2)