MARTIUS, CARL FRIEDRICH PHILIPP von. Nova genera et species plantarum quas in itinere per Brasiliam annis MDCCCXVII-MDCCCXX jussu et auspiciis Maximiliani Josephi I. Bavariae regis augustissimi suscepto collegit et descripsit. Munich: Lindauer (vol. 1), Wolf (vols. 2 and 3), for the author, [1822-] 1824-1829 [-1832].
3 vols., folio, 378 x 293 mm., contemporary half calf gilt and green marbled boards, uncut, spine leather rubbed with loss of polished surface, vol. I neatly repaired, some wear to corners, occasional discoloration or slight foxing to plate sheets, very minor fold tears to two plates not affecting image, tiny wormholes in gutter of vol. 3.
FIRST EDITION. Engraved titles by Prestele after Neureuther and 300 lithographed plates (292 colored by hand, 8 of these folding, 8 uncolored plates), plus a duplicate of plate 39, by F.J.U. Prestele, J.W. Sigrist and others after G.W. Bischoff and others.
A pioneering general flora of Brazil which was supplemented by Pohl Plantarum Brasiliae icones et descriptiones hactenus ineditae (1826-1833, see lot 119).
Cleveland Collections 889; Dunthorne 192; Nissen BBI 1288; Pritzel 5888; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 5519.
Provenance: Unidentified consignor (Christie's London, 13 April 1988, lot 254, 8500). (3)