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LINNAEUS, Carl (1707-1778). Hortus cliffortianus. Amsterdam, 1737.
2o (420 x 245 mm). Title-page printed in red and black, engraved title vignette, engraved allegorical frontispiece of the Hortus Cliffortianus by and after J. Wandelaar, 36 engraved plates (28 by Wandelaar, of which 20 are after G.D. Ehret). Contemporary diced russia gilt (early rebacking preserving original spine, renewed joints somewhat dried and starting at ends). Provenance: Coward College Library (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of Linnaeus' first detailed catalogue of cultivated plants. Linnaeus prepared this catalogue of the gardens of the wealthy Anglo-Dutch merchant George Clifford during his sojourn in Holland from 1735-38. Clifford had appointed Linnaeus superintendent of his incomparable botanic gardens at the Hartekamp, near Haarlem. Produced at Clifford's expense, the Hortus Cliffortianus contains Linnaeus' concise definitions and elaborate synonyms for the numerous species in Clifford's garden and greenhouse. It is illustrated with beautiful plates, mostly after designs by Georg Ehret and engraved by Jan Wandelaar, and "are among the most lovely among 'plain' ones in any flower book" (Hunt). A TALL CLEAN COPY. Dunthorne 186; Hung 504; Nissen BBI 1215; Stafleu-Cowan TL2 4719; Wellcome III, p. 525; Norman 1358.
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