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Palmstruch's Svensk botanik complete with 774 pl.
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Objektsbeskrivning\nCOMPLETE SET OF THE FINE SWEDISH BOTANY WITH 774 HAND-COLOURED PLATES (11).\nSvensk botanik. Utg. J. W. Palmstruch - C. Quensel - O. Swartz and others. I-XI + Register (all published). Stockholm - Uppsala (C. Delén, Palmblad & c.) 1802-43.\n\n8:o. 774 handcoloured engraved plates (all, overall only minor foxing to the plates, some offsetting; text occasionally with minor foxing, wrappers preserved of vol. IX facs. 10-12, vol. X (lacks upper wrapper to fasc. 4-6) and vol XI fasc. 1-3, also to the register.\nModern brown full mottled calf bindings, slightly worn, gilt frames, gilt inner frames, gilt edges of covers, somewhat faded richly gilt spines in six compartments, all edges gilt. All in somewhat worn marbled paper cases. A few leaves of text reinforced in the margins. Old signature on some titles, also some titles with old libary duplicate stamp. Bookplate of Lars A. Lindgren. 11 volumes.\n\nRare complete set with the seldom seen part XI. In May 1840 a fire destroyed most of the nondistributed fascicules of part XI. The planned fascicules 10-12 of part XI were never published.\nFor a full collation see: Krok: Bibliotheca Botanica Suecana, page. 98-100. Compare also with Nissen, BBI: 2223.\n\nThis magnificent work with hand-coloured botanical plates "was esteemed by contemporaries as an enterprise of national importance. Palmstruch's own illustrations, in the first six volumes, have been characterized as the best pictures of plants ever produced in Sweden, and make this one of the most beautiful of Swedish books." (Sten G. Lindberg) The text was written by the most distinguished Swedish botanists of the period: Conrad Quensel, Olof Swartz, G.J. Billberg, Göran Wahlenberg. (Sten G. Lindberg, Swedish Books 1280-1967, Nr. 55).\n\nProvenance: IngaBritt and Arne Lundberg, Gothenburgh, Sweden.
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