KREBS, F.L. (fl. 1827-1835). Vollständige Beschreibung und Abbildung der sämmtlichen Holzarten, welche im mittlern und nördlichen Deutschland wild wachsen... Erster Theil [all published]. Braunschweig: Druck und Papier von Friedrich Vieweg und Sohn, 1826[-1835?].
2 volumes, 2o (359 x 260 mm). 150 hand-colored lithographic plates after Kohte by Arckenhausen (title and several plates with soft creases, approximately five plates with slight color smudging, some pale offsetting on versos). Contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards, flat spines (rebacked preserving original spines, rubbed, corners restored).
Provenance: A.F. (stamp with the insignia of the Order of the Garter on title and several text leaves).
FIRST EDITION of this scarce work on German trees originally published in 25 fascicles. The work describes the forest trees and shrubs of central and northern Germany. Little has been written about Krebs, and no copy of this work appeared in either the Plesch or De Belder libraries. The scant references to him state that he was "herzoglich Braunschweiger Forstschreiber." The present work, illustrated by very fine hand-colored lithographic plates, is one of a number of German works from the period 1770-1850 when the subject of forestry began to be studied in earnest. Varieties of roses, prunes, cherries, pears and berries are depicted.
Great Flower Books, p.63; Nissen BBI 1104; Pritzel 4873; Stafleu-Cowan 3928. (2)