A rare work with a preface by Hugo de Vries

Admiraal, K. [AND Hugo de Vries]

De kankerziekte der boomen. Met een voorwoord van Prof. Hugo de Vries. Verhandeling, bekroond door de Nederlandsche Maatschappij voor Tuinbouw en Plantkunde. Met 5 platen.

Published 1889
Item ID 74474

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Amsterdam, M. M. Olivier, 1889. 8vo (23.7 x 25.3 cm). xii, 103 pp.; five lithographed plates (of which four in colour lithography, including one very large, folded) with explanatory text leaves. Slightly later blind pebbled half cloth over marbled boards.

A seldom-seen, if not rare, publication on cancerous diseases in trees, with an emphasis on cultivated (fruit) trees in the Netherlands. The preface is by one of the foremost Dutch scientists, the botanist and evolutionist Hugo de Vries (1848-1935), rediscoverer of Mendel's laws. The work itself was written by a Dutch horticulturist. Old owner's inscription of A. van den Have in the top margin of the title page, next to an old cancellation stamp; a few more stamps and labels on the front free endpaper recto. Some scattered light foxing, binding a bit weak, otherwise a very good, clean copy. OCLC reports only seven copies - five in the Netherlands and two in the USA. Not recorded in any major bibliography.

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