A rare early work on plant geography in relation to altitude and latitude

Wahlenberg, G.

De vegetatione et climate in Helvetia Septentrionali inter flumina Rhenum et Arolam observatis et cum summi septentrionis comparatis tentamen.

Published 1813
Item ID 43814

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Turici Helvetorum (Zürich), Fuessli, 1813. 8vo (20.5 x 12.1 cm). xcviii, 200 pp.; one folding table, three folded engraved plates. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt ornaments at head and food; red morocco label with gilt title. All edges red.

Göran "Georg" Wahlenberg (1780-1851) was a Swedish naturalist and plant geographer who promoted floristic and systematic research in Sweden. "In 1812-14 Wahlenberg travelled in Switzerland... His researches in the Swiss alps resulted in the book 'De Vegetatione et Climate in Helvetia...', in which he gives an account of the plant regions and their designations, the tree limits, and the lower and upper limits of the various plants, comparing also the vegetation in northern Switzerland with that of Lapland". (Fries, Short History of Botany in Sweden, p. 69). The first plate is a nice profile of the vegetation in the Swiss Alps. Some - mainly marginal - foxing. Front pastedown paper partly missing, a few pages a bit foxed, mostly marginal; title page and dedication page leaves with a restoration in upper margin, but in all a very good copy in a nice contemporary binding. Pritzel, 9913; Stafleu and Cowan, 16519.

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