Flora Pedemontana sive enumeratio methodica stirpium indigenarum pedemontii.
Item ID 51074
Torino, Briolus, 1785. In two text volumes and one atlas. Folio (text 40.0 x 26.0 cm; atlas 43.5 x 29.0 cm). Three half titles, and title pages in red and black, with allegorical vignettes. Tomus primus: xix, 344 pp.; Tomus secundus: 366, xxxiv, [i] pp.; Tomus tertius [Atlas]: xiv pp.; 92 engraved plates, nearly all by Francesco and Pietro Peiroleri. First text volume with a frontispiece showing King Vittorio Amadeo III of Sardinia, by Molinari. Each volume has its own title page. Text volumes in uniform contemporary full calf with raised bands, gilt lettering and floral motifs on spine. All edges red. Atlas in contemporary paper boards, uncut, wide-margined, with blind paper spine cover. The Flora Pedemontana is the magnum opus of Carlo Allioni [1728 (1725 according to Pritzel; 1708 acc. to Armstrong, Selected letters of Peter Collinson, F.R.S. ) to 1804]. Allioni was one of the most important botanists of his time. He taught botany at the Berlin University and was director of the Turin botanical garden. In this work Allioni listed 2813 species of plants, of which 237 were previously unknown. 92 of these are depicted on the finely engraved plates in the atlas. Linnaeus regarded him as one of the "auctores reformatoris", and even named a herb genus after him ( Allionia ). The Tomus tertius has a different title, namely Florae Pedemontanae icones accedit explanatio nomenclaturae botanicae . Small, weak, circular stamp of the k.k. Zoologisch-botanische Gesellschaft in Wien in the lower margin of the atlas title. Leather a bit scuffed in places, the original boards of the atlas worn at spine and edges somewhat bumped. Last plate a bit toned, one plate with some paper damage in the margin, a few plates with some discolouring, but never offensive and overall a very good and clean copy; the atlas with wide margins, untrimmed. Rare. BM(NH) Cat. I, p. 32; Nissen BBI, 18; Pritzel, 108; Stafleu and Cowan, 100. The magnum opus of Carlo Allioni introducing with many newly discovered plants