Flore portugaise ou description de toutes les plantes qui croissent naturellement en Portugal.Berlin : 1809[-40] Stock Code: 137002
NotesFirst edition, the grandest Portuguese flower book ever published, and among the finest flower books of the 19th century. The delicate illustrations - based on the travels of Johann Hoffmannsegg (1766-1849) through Portugal between 1797 and 1801 - are executed in the manner of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, yet as a record of newly discovered and previously undescribed species surpasses any of Redouté's publications.
Although unmarked as such, the book was formerly in the collection of Rupert C. Barneby (1911-2000), curator of systematic botany at the New York Botanical Garden. Barneby discovered more than 70 new species of plants, and became the foremost authority in North American Astragalus and Dalea. By the time of his death, four genera and 25 species had been named in his honour. Following Barneby's death the book appeared at auction at Sotheby's, 13 May 2004, and at Bloomsbury Auctions, 30 May 2013.
The text ends on pp. 436 as usual; pages 55-58 were never printed and consequently there is a gap in the pagination (see Stafleu and Cowan); the book has on occasion been miscatalogued as incomplete thus in the past, which may well have led to complete copies being broken up.
2 volumes, folio (516 x 335 mm). Near-contemporary brown half morocco, spines lettered in gilt, brown cloth sides, patterned endpapers.
Complete with 3 uncoloured "Planches d'instruction" and 111 coloured plates with tissue-guards (numbered 1-109, plus 90b and 108b), 109 of them stipple-engravings printed in colours and finished by hand, and two (nos. 20 and 22) coloured lithographs; engr
Minor wear at extremities, short splits to joints, light creasing to initial few leaves of each volume, text pages heavily foxed, yet plates only lightly foxed, plates creased from plate 105 onwards. A very good copy.
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