Erlangen, J. Jacob Palm, 1787-1790. Ten volumes in ten. 8vo. Title pages, 4,691 pp. (1: [ii], 571; 2: [ii], 472; 3: [ii], 464; 4: [ii], 600, [ii]; 5: [ii], 583, [ix]; 6: [ii], 486, [vi]; 7: [ii], 506, [iv]; 8: [ii], 332, [i]; 9: [ii], 331; 10: [iii], 172, 131); 59 folded, engraved plates [17;4;4;4;11 [numbered I-III, I-VIII];6;7;6;0;0]. Uniform contemporary half calf over speckled boards. Spines with gilt bands and two light brown, gilt-bordered morocco labels with gilt titles and volume numbers (small, oval labels).
A very fine set of the third and last - much expanded - edition, showing the width and depth of Linnaeus's interests, methods, and reasoning. The ninth volume contains an index, listing 186 theses written by Linnaeus between 1743 and 1776 and defended by his pupils, listing each of them and their inauguration dates. The tenth volume contains another ten, later, theses and four papers written by Linnaeus but defended after his death, for a total of 200 different works. Subjects are medical, zoological, or botanical. In the last volume - the only one with an additional half-title - all are botanical. Zoological subjects include birds, snakes, molluscs, beetles, and other invertebrates. All are edited by the German naturalist and last of Linnaeus's pupils, Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (1739-1810). The last three volumes are first editions solely published by Palm; the others were reedited by Schreber, thus being in the third edition (Volumes 1-2), and second edition (Volumes 3-7). The list of plates to Volumes 2 and 3 are bound in Volume 5; the plates to Volume 8 are also bound in Volume 5; the plates of Volume 10 are bound in Volume 8. Discrete armorial bookplate of the Barante library on the front pastedowns. Amable-Guillaume-Prosper Brugière, Baron de Barante (1782-1866), was a French historian, writer and politician who amassed a very large bibliophile library in his castle near Clermont-Ferrand. The French poet, Anatole France called him an " Homme de beaucoup de tact, de sens et de finesse". An excellent, clean, and complete set. Rare. Copies we could trace in the trade in the last 40 years were almost always incomplete. Only two auction records of complete copies could be found, the last dating from 1976. Soulsby, 1283, 1289, 1294, 1298, 1302, 1306, 1310, 1312-1317.