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

Svensk Botanik. Andra bandet - 2. Häftet n:o 14. (Plates 79 - 84).

Stockholm. Tryckt hos Notarien Carl Deelen. 1803. 6:o. 24,5 x 14,5 cm. Wrapper + 6 text leaves + 6 hand colored engravings.

Original grey/ blue printed wrapper. Spine reinforced with paper from the period. A small brown spot to the front wrapper. Interior in near fine condition. No foxing.

This is the second part to the second volume of Johan Wilhelm Palmstruchs "Svensk Botanik" (Swedish Botany). It was published in 11 volumes 1802-1843. Issued in 129 parts containing 774 plates and 1770 text pages. The engravings in the early volumes are known to be of higher quality than in the later. Up to his death in 1811 Palmstruch painted most of the originals. After his death 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. Rare in original wrapper.

Item No: 2270