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SAVI, Gaetano.

Flora Italiana.

Ossia Racolta delle Piante più Belle che si Coltivano nei Giardini d'Italia. Diretta e Illustrata dal Professore Gaetano Savi.

Presso Niccoló Capurro, Pisa , 1818-22-24 Stock Code: 81896
£20,000.00
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Notes

First edition. This richly illustrated work by the director of Pisa's Botanical Garden was conceived along the lines of the most important English contributions to botanical literature, in particular, The Botanist's Repository by Henry Andrews and The Botanical Magazine by William Curtis. The book presents a "collection" of plants selected "from the most beautiful specimens cultivated in the gardens of Italy" in the form of Antonio Serantoni's elegant illustrations.

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Description

3 volumes bound in 1, folio (430 x 300 mm). Contemporary half vellum, titles to spine gilt, red and black marbled boards, marbled endpapers, speckled edges. Oatmeal cloth folding case.

Illustrations

With 121 hand-coloured plates.

Condition

Joints and hinges neatly repaired; vol. I p. 45 repaired in the gutter, staining to plate at p. 99, 5 plates trimmed a little at the fore-edge not affecting the image; vol. II dark mark to plate at p. 23, two plates slightly trimmed at the fore-edge; vol. III repairs to edges of plates at pp. 23, 27, 29, and 65; overall very good.

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