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MAYER, JOHANN. Pomona Franconica. Description des Arbres Fruitiers... [...oder natürliche Abbildung und Beschreibung der besten und vorzüglichen Europäischen Gattungen der Obstbäume und Früchte welche in dem Hochfürstlichen Hofgarten zu Würzburg gezogen werden]. Nuremberg: Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt, 1776-79.
Volumes I and II (of 3), 4to, 250 x 197 mm., contemporary calf, joints cracked, wear to spine ends.
FIRST EDITION, text in French and German, engraved frontispiece, engraved folding map of the gardens of Würzburg, 101 colored engraved plates, 11 engraved plates of pruning and grafting techniques, 7 engraved head-pieces illustrating parts of gardens.
"A delightful and charming work" (Dunthorne) with highly finished plates, some of the best 18th century illustrations of fruit. This portion comprises all the fruits with the exception of apples and pears, which appear in the third volume which was published 21 years later in 1801 and is often wanting.
Dunthorne 220; Nissen 1318; Pritzel 6017; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 5748.
Provenance: The Earl of Derby, Knowsley Hall, bookplate and shelf-mark -- Robert de Belder (sale, Sotheby's 28 April 1987, lot 235). (2)
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