18 December 2002
WILLDENOW, Karl Ludwig (1765-1812). Hortus Berolinensis, sive icones et descriptiones, plantarum rariorum vel minus cognitarum, quae in horto regio botanico Berolinensi excoluntur. Berlin: Fr. Schüppel, [1803-] 1806-1816.
2 volumes in one, 2o (430 x 285 mm). Engraved title 2 hand-colored engraved garden plans (before and after Willdenow's reorganization), 108 hand-colored engraved plates of plants by F. Guimpel. 19th-century quarter calf (backstrip loose, some wear to edges). Provenance: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Stickney Fund (bookplate dated 1889; stamps).
FIRST EDITION. A rare testament to the Berlin Botanical Gardens and Willdenow's achievement as its director. Willdenow was the founder of the nineteenth-century school of botany and his influence was widely felt -- Humboldt and Link both were his pupils. He radically altered the layout and organisation of the gardens increasing the holdings of living plants threefold from scarcely one thousand specimens when he took over direction. Berlin became a major center for introduced exotics and most of the plants depicted in Hortus Berolinensis are American, Asian and South African. [With]: Enumeration plantarum hortiregii Berolinensis. Supplementum. Berlin, 1813. 8o. Contemporary boards. Dunthorne 333; Great Flower Books, p. 81; Nissen BBI 2157; Pritzel 10268; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 17.663. (2)
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