Praeludia botanica ad publicas plantarum exoticarum demonstrationes dicta in Horto Medico, cum demonstrationes exoticarum 3 Octobris 1701, & 29 Maji 1702. ex auctoritate Nobilissimorum & Amplissimorum D. Consulum auspicatur. His accudent plantarum exoticarum, in praeludiis botanicis recensitarum, icones & descriptiones.
Item ID 2283
Lugduni Batavorum (Leiden), J. du Vivie, 1715. 4to (25.1 x 20.2 cm). [viii], 86 pp.; 33 engravings pasted on folded leaves (one double-sized). Rebacked contemporary half goatskin with original speckled boards and original hand-stamped endpapers. A very rare, important and well-illustrated book on exotic plants from - mainly - the Cape Province, most of which had not previously been described or illustrated. Written by the professional botanist Caspar Commelin (1668-1731). Most of the species figured are succulents & cacti. Contains the first depiction of the Geranium africanum , now one of the most popular cultivated plants in innumerable varieties. The first edition of 1703 is quite rare, but this 1715 edition may be even rarer. It is possible that this actually is a 1703 edition "updated" by the (new) publisher with only a new title page, as was often done in the 18th century. A slightly different paper for the title page supports this theory. A few marginal paper restorations. Original spine preserved, some expert repairs to boards. The plates on folding leaves according to the publisher's instructions on page 86. Contains an unsigned gathering between pp. 64 and 67 that is often missing. ADDED in the same volume is J. Schreber, Plantarum verticillatarum unilabiatarum genera et species . Lipsiae, S. Crusius, 1774. (viii), lxxv, (ii) pp., and one large folded engraved plate. Identical to the 1773 edition. A very good copy. Both publications are very rare. For the latter see Pritzel, 8399, 8400; Stafleu and Cowan, 11.131A, for the Commelin see Nissen BBI, 388; Pritzel, 1837; Stafleu and Cowan, 1185. A very rare and important work on exotic plants in which the Geranium Africanum is depicted for the first time