Familie der Cacteen.
Item ID 62440
Switzerland, unpublished, 1893-1905. Folio. (ca. 38 x 28 cm). 24 pp. of hand-written text, including an "Eintheilung nach Förster", and loose sheets (some on grey paper) with original hand-coloured illustrations of various Cacteae, similar succulents, and a few other plants, many after specimens in the Botanischer Garten Basel. Text in contemporary paper wrappers. A unique portfolio of original water colour illustrations of, mostly, cacti, including specimens from the Botanical Garden in Basel, mostly dated between 1893-1896, one dated 1898, and one 1905. Thirty-seven leaves in total, some with more than one image. The quality of the paintings and the colouring varies, but the majority is very good to excellent: rich in detail and subtile in colouring and shading. Five plates show other plants (Passiflora, peony, common grape hyacinth, etc.), one is partly in sketch. A few are copied from Curtis' Botanical Magazine . The Förster referred to on the front leaf is C. Förster's Handbuch der Cacteenkunde in ihrem ganzen Umfange, nach dem gegenwärtigen Stande der Wissenschaft bearbeitet . Front leaf of the portfolio with a few creases, also affecting the opposite text. Some marginal age-toning and slight soiling, otherwise a very good and attractive item. Wonderful original 19th-century watercolours of cacti