TREW, Christoph Jakob (1695-1769), and Benedict Christian VOGEL (1745-1825). Plantae selectae. [Nuremberg]: 1750-1773.
10 parts in one volume, 2° (522 x 358mm). 3 mezzotint portraits of Trew, G.D. Ehret and J.J. Haid, 10 engraved section titles, heightened in red and gold, seven with manuscript part numbers in ink, 100 fine hand-coloured engraved plates by Johann Jacob Haid and Johann Elias Haid after Georg Dionysius Ehret, each with the first word of the caption heightened in gold. (Without the general title and fourth portrait found in a few copies.) 20th-century red morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt edges.
A FINE COPY OF THIS MONUMENTAL EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BOTANICAL WORK. Christoph Trew, a physician and amateur botanist, had long been an admirer of Ehret's artistry, and by 1742 the germ of the present publication was already under discussion. 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 ... constitute an appendicem to Weinmann's publication' (Gerta Calman, Georg Ehret, Flower painter Extraordinary, 1977, p. 97.) By the late 1730s Ehret had moved to London, where he painted the recently introduced exotics at the Chelsea Physic Garden and established himself as a teacher of flower-painting and botany. Correspondence about the projected work went on until 1748 when Johann Jacob Haid from Augsburg agreed to produce the engravings from Ehret's drawings. The first part was published in 1750, with the six subsequent parts appearing before Trew's death in 1769. Although the text to the final three parts remained unwritten and plates IX and X were still to be produced, the work was brought to a conclusion by Benedict Christian Vogel, Professor of Botany at Altdorf. Dunthorne 309; Great Flower Books (1990) p. 144; Hunt 539; Nissen BBI 1997; Pritzel 9499; Stafleu & Cowan VI, 15.131.