Plate Books / Natural History

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[Colour plates of flowers] [Palmstruch, Johan Wilhelm]

Svensk Botanik [9 parts of volume 3]

Stockholm. Tryckt hos CarlDelén. 1804-1806. 6:o. 23,5 -24 x 13,5 -14 cm. Volume 3 of Svensk Botanik. 9 of 12 parts. Lacking part 1, 5 and 7 Collation: Part 2, (Häftet N:o 26): (12 pp.) + 6 plates; Part 3 ( Häftet N:o 27): (12 pp.) + 6 plates; Part 4; (12 pp.) + 6 plates; Part 6: (12 pp.) + 6 plates; Part 8: (12 pp. + 6 plates; Part 9: (12 pp.) + 6 plates; Part 10: (12 pp.) + 6 plates; Part 11: (12 pp.) + 6 plates; Part 12: (12 pp.) + XIV pp (addendum) + 11 pp. (index to the third volume) + (1 p.) (corrections) + 6 plates.

Original blue/grey wrappers with titles at the front covers. Partly uncut. Six wrappers have paper losses to the spines. One spine half split. A couple of wrappers with a stain or a brown spot or two. Four wrappers with dogs ears. The occasional brown spots to the text and plates. Five parts with a discreet water stain in the outer margins of the text pages (A couple of leaves with less discreet water stain).Two text leaves with tear to the margin. A few dogs ears to the text. Interiors mostly nice and clean.

Nine out of tvelve parts to the third volume of Johan Wilhelm Palmstruchs "Svensk Botanik" (Swedish Botany), published in eleven volumes 1802-1843. The present nine parts were issued 1806-1808 and contains 54 plates. "Svensk Botanik" was issued in 129 parts containing 774 plates and 1770 text pages, altogether. The engravings in the early volumes are known to be of higher quality than in the later ones. Up to his death in 1811 Palmstruch painted most of the originals. Later, several artists made the originals. The engravings were executed by Carl Wilhelm Venus and Johan Gustaf Ruckman. The plates were colored by several women colorists, specially trained for this work. The coloring has a wonderful "light" nordic quality to it. "Svensk Botanik" is the most famous work on botany ever published in Sweden and of the highest quality. Beautiful plates. Rare in original wrappers.

Item No: 677