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    One of the Earliest Accounts of Botany
    in the New World

    [Botany]. Nicolai Josephi Jacquin. Selectarum Stirpium Americanarum Historia... Vindobonae [Vienna]: Kraus, 1763. First edition. Folio. Approximately 14.25 x 9.25 inches. [12], [xii], 284, [Indices, 6], [ix] pages. With 184 engraved plates (numbered, I to CLXXVIII - two plates numbered XXXVII), including six folding plates. With half-title, engraved title-page, engraved head-piece on page [i]. Complete. Bound in near contemporary half tan calf over plain boards, spine ruled in gilt with red gilt morocco lettering label. Binding somewhat worn, hinges starting, binder's blanks creased, some foxing, thumbsoiling in text, some plates toned and foxed. Armorial bookplate. Overall, a very good copy.
    Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin (1727-1817) was a talented botanist and professor in Vienna. In 1754, Emperor Francis I asked him to accompany an expedition to the West Indies (Martinique and Jamaica) to study the native flora, and to collect samples of flora and fauna (the animals meant to go to the royal menagerie). This book is the result of that expedition.
    Hunt 579. Nissen BBI 979.


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