TREW, Christoph Jakob (1695-1769) and Benedict Christian VOGEL (1745-1825). Plantae Selectae. [Nuremberg]: 1750-1773.
10 parts (decuriae) in 1 volume, broadsheets and imperial 2° half sheets (524 x 360mm). 10 engraved titles (most with manuscript additions, as usual), letters in red, black and gold, 3 mezzotint portraits of Trew, G. D. Ehret and J. J. Haid, 100 FINE HAND-COLOURED ENGRAVED PLATES AFTER GEORG DIONYSIUS EHRET by Johann Jacob Haid, each with the first word of caption highlighted in gold and thin paper guards. (Light smudge to the colouring of plate LXX.) Contemporary English diced russia gilt, covers with narrow decorative flower and foliage border, spine in seven compartments with double raised bands, lettered in one, the others with symmetrical overall tooling composed from various small tools (flowers in the main), narrow gilt turn-ins (neatly rebacked with original spine laid down, corners neatly repaired).
A VERY FINE TALL COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE GREATEST 18TH-CENTURY BOTANICAL COLOUR-PLATE BOOKS, without the very rare supplement by Vogel (published in two decuriae in 1790-1792). The genesis of this work began as early as 1742 when Trew wrote to Christian Thran in Carlsruhe: 'Every year I receive some beautifully painted exotic plants [by Ehret] and have already more than one hundred of them, which with other pieces executed by local artists, should later on, Deo volante, constitute an appendicem to Weinmann's publication but will, I hope, find a better reception than his.' In 1748 agreement was reached that Johann Jacob Haid from Augsburg should provide the engravings, and the first part appeared in 1750. Trew died before the text of the last three decuriae was written and before the illustrations of Decuriae IX and X were printed. The work was completed by Benedict Christian Vogel, Professor of Botany at the University of Altdorf. "In a letter in Latin to Trew Linnaeus expressed his opinion: 'The miracles of our century in the natural sciences are your work of Ehret's plants, Edwards' work of birds and Roesel's of insects, nothing equal was seen in the past and will be in the future'" (Gerta Calmann. Ehret Flower Painter Extraordinary, 1977, p. 97).
Nissen BBI 1997; Great Flower Books p. 78; Dunthorne 309; Hunt 539; Stafleu and Cowan 15.131.