18 December 2002
SIEBOLD, Philipp Franz von (1796-1818), Joseph Gerhard ZUCCARINI (1797-1848) and Friedrich Anton Wilhelm MIQUEL. Flora Japonica sive plantae quas in imperio Japonico collegit, descripsit, ex parte in ipsis locis pingendas curavit... Leiden: apud auctorem (vol. 1), in Horto Sieboldiano acclimatationis (vol. 2), 1835-70.
2 volumes in one, 2o (392 x 292 mm). Half-title, pictorial lithograhed additional title and detication, 151 lithographed plates (number 1-150 and 124b) after S. Minsinger and others.( Light browning and staining to some plates.) Late 19th-century olive-green morocco, spine gilt, top edge gilt (some wear to joints and edges, some abrasions to corners). Provenance: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Stickney Fund (bookplate dated 1871; stamps).
FIRST EDITION. The second flora of Japan, preceded only by Thunberg. Siebold, a German physician, natural scientist and orientalist, entered the service of the V.O.C. and spent seven years in Japan between 1823 and 1830, returning later between 1859 and 1862. His wide ranging studies added enormously to European knowledge of the country. The pictorial title and dedication are not found in all copies and are of interest. The title shows the monument erected by Siebold in memory of Kaempfer and Thunberg, his predecessors in the scientific study of the Japanese flora, on the island of Dezima where the Dutch were once confined. The dedication is to Anna Paulowna, wife of William II of the Netherlands. Both bear imprints showing that the lithography of these sheets was executed in Japan. Nissen BBI 1842; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 11.949.
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