REICHENBACH, HEINRICH GOTTLIEB LUDWIG. Icones Florae Germanicae et Helveticae. Leipzig and Gera: Friedrich Hofmeister, Ambrose Abel and Friedrich de Zezschwitz, 1850-1837-1909. Vols. I-XXIV (of 25).
24 volumes in 23, 4to, 263 x 209 mm., modern half green morocco, spines gilt, g.e.; some light foxing and pale spotting to some plates, but generally very good. Sold as a periodical, not subject to return.
A FINE SET OF REICHENBACH'S COMPREHENSIVE WORK ON THE FLORA OF MIDDLE EUROPE. The second edition of vol. I (as often); volumes II-XXIV are FIRST EDITIONS. All are Stafleu's issue "a", with colored plates and Latin text. Volume XIX is Stafleu's issue 1, by H.G. Reichenbach, dated 1860, rather than the 1904-11 reissue. From volume XIII/XIV onwards, the work was written by H.G.L. Reichenbach's son, H.G. Reichenbach, and was continued by Dr. G.E. Beck von Mannagetta for volume XXII and XXIV-XXV. Volume XXIII was undertake by F.G. Kohl. The work has a complicated publishing history, and, as Stafleu notes, the numbers of plates in each volume varies. This copy generally tallies with Stafleu, and with the collation in Great Flower Books.
Over 3200 hand-colored engraved and lithographed plates by C.H. Schnorr and others after his own drawings and those of H.G.L.L. and H.G. Reichenbach, G. Beck v. Mannagetta, F.G. Kohl and J. Poell.
Great Flower Books p. 73; Nissen BBI 1604; Sitwell & Blunt, p. 73; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 8885. (23)