A very rare, well-illustrated mycological work

Kniep, H. and P. Claussen and J. Bass and A. Ricken (eds.)

Die Pilze Mitteleuropas. Herausgegeben von der deutschen Gesellschaft für Pilzenkunde, der deutschen botanischen Gesellschaft, dem deutschen Lehrerverein für Naturkunde unter Redaktion von H. Kniep, Berlin, P. Claussen, Marburg und J. Baß, Stuttgart mit Verwertung des Nachlasses von Adalbert Ricken.

Published 1926
Item ID 20951

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Leipzig, Werner Klinkhardt, 1926-1943. In 36 issues. Folio and large 4to. (35.4 x 25.0 cm). 400 [158; 56, 62; 24] pp.; 88 plates (57 in full colour), numerous text figures. All in original printed wrappers.

Rare atlas with accompanying text leaves, and with fine plates after watercolours by Maria and Franz Kallenbach. According to Volbracht "Die erste Auflage bliebt wegen des Zweiten Weltkrieges unvollendet". Contents are as follows: Die Röhrlinge (Boletaceae) by F. Kallenbach, in 21 issues (reference text ending prematurely on p. 158 - the last title has an author’s name starting with H); Gallertpilze (Tremelluneae) by W. Neuhoff and die Milchlinge (Lactarii) by B. Knauth and W. Neuhoff in 12 issues; die Täublinge (Russulae) by Schäffer in 3 issues - in total 36 issues. This is all that was published before the end of WWII. Long after the war (1956), a new edition of Knauth's work on Lactarii, written by Neuhoff, was published. Around that time, Meinhard Moser contributed another part (Band IV) on the Schleimköpfe (Phlegmaticum). The latter is not in Volbracht. Both post-war parts are very scarce and not included here. The Russulae part has unusual pagination based on the systematic order of the species. However, only six species (numbered 8, 11, 35, 38, 62, and 63) were treated, each with four pages, for a total of 24 pages. Added: two leaflets, both in the 16th issue. One is a preprinted form "Eine Bitte zur Mitarbeit!", with a return address for providing additional data for "Die geographische Verbreitung der Röhrlinge" by Franz Kallenbach (which probably never materialized into a new geography of the Boletaceae), and one sales leaflet announcing the reprint of Fries' "Hymenomycetes Europaei" and, depending on enough interest, his "Monographia hymenomycetum Sueciae", as well as an overview of the series "Die Pilze Mitteleuropas". A few short annotations in the text, one rear wrapper detached, a few plates with marginal chipping and fraying, one uncoloured plate in duplicate. Schliemann, 551 quotes only 55 plates. Nissen BBI, 2375; Volbracht, 999, 1050, 1461. Not in Stafleu and Cowan.

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