Peter Jonas Bergius (1730-1790)
Descriptiones plantarum ex Capite Bonae Spei. Stockholm: Laur. Salvius, 1767, 8 (220 x 138mm). Half-title. 5 folding engraved plates. (Spotted.) Contemporary boards (backstrip torn with a little loss, particularly foot). Provenance: Bibliotheq[ue] de Acad[emie] des Scienc[es] (early ink stamp); Musum d'Hist[oi]re Nat[urel]le (early ink stamp).
FIRST EDITION. A fine unsophisticated copy of this work based on the collection of plants made at the Cape of Good Hope by Mikael Grubb, a director of the Swedish East India Company. Bergius was one of the many students of Linnaeus who made significant contributions to biology. Pritzel 673; Stafleu & Cowan 458.