JACQUIN, NIKOLAUS JOSEPH, Baron von. Icones Plantarum Rariorum. Vienna: printed for C. F. Wappler; London: B. White & Son; Leiden: S. & J. Luchtmans; [vol. I only:] Strassburg: A. König, 1781-1793 [-1795].
3 vols., large folio, 455 x 271 mm., contemporary German half mottled calf, flat spines divided into compartments with single gilt fillets, edges stained red, some rubbing to boards and corners, occasional minor dust-soiling to upper edges, slightly more severe at end of vol. 3, 7 of the folding plates with very short marginal tears at folds, a few margins shaved into the plate area, touching the subject in 6 plates, plate  adhered to preceding plate, plates , , and  each with a small stain not affecting images, 2 small stains at upper edges of most plates in vol. 2, catching subject of 2 plates, very faint slight spotting to folding plates  and , soft creases to blank inner margins of 6 folding plates.
FIRST EDITION. 649 HAND-COLORED ENGRAVED PLATES, 37 FOLDING, BY FRANZ AND FERDINAND BAUER, Joseph Hofbauer and Joseph Scharf, including plate 286 bis, each plate with engraved Latin plant name and cross-reference to Jacquin's Miscellanea austriaca (1778) or Collectanea (1786-96), caption to plate  corrected in manuscript.
A VERY FRESH, CLEAN COPY OF ONE OF JACQUIN'S MOST MAGNIFICENT PRODUCTIONS. Intended as a supplement to the Hortus vindobonensis and Flora Austriacae (lots 73 and 74 above), the Icones Plantarum Rariorum is the only one of Jacquin's works to contain plates by Franz and Ferdinand Bauer. Jacquin "recognized the talent of the two brothers and employed first Ferdinand, and later Franz... From Jacquin or Boccius or both they learned that botanical draughtsmanship demands understanding of the plant figured, even down to minute detail, as well as its portrayal with accuracy and grace... Under such supervision they became accustomed to precise observation and developed superb techniques of drawing and colouring. Jacquin himself was an able botanical artist but his teaching and administrative duties gave him no time for illustrating plants except in correspondence with Sir Joseph Bank's librarian Jonas Dryander. Having trained them so well. Jacquin then lost the services of both... John Sibthorp took Ferdinand away on his travels. Sir Joseph Banks later induced Franz to settle at Kew as his resident artist." (J. Stewart & W. T. Stearn, The Orchid Paintings of Franz Bauer, London 1993, p. 9). The plates were issued in 23 fascicles, each with 25 plates, except the last, which contained 74 plates; the letterpress lists of plates were issued with the last fascicle.
Dunthorne 153; Great Flower Books, p. 61; Nissen BBI 974; Pritzel 4368; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 3251.
Provenance: Unidentified modern bookplate of angel holding shield -- Robert de Belder (sale, Sotheby's London, 27 April 1987, lot 181). (3)