2 volumes, folio (17 1/8 x 10 3/4 in.; 435 x 273 mm). Binding: Contemporary French red morocco gilt in eight compartments with floral tool, covers with gilt French fillet border, gilt dentelles, blue paste-paper endpapers, gilt edges, contemporary bookseller's ticket (Bassompierre, Geneva) on front pastedown. Provenance: Hug. de Bassville (eighteenth-century engraved bookplate) — Ladislaus von Hoffmann (Christie's New York, 4 June 1997, "An Important Botanical Library, The Property of a Gentleman," lot 123) — Michael J. Kuse (Sotheby's New York, 20 June 2003, lot 3).
Occasional very minor marginal spotting or soiling. Extremities of binding lightly worn with minor restoration, short cracks to bottom of rear joint of vol. 1 and top of front joint of vol. 2, a few minuscule wormholes to joints.
Scarce: This is evidently the only complete copy to appear at auction since 1988; it is not cited in Hunt, Stafleu & Cowan, or Great Flower Books, and neither Robert de Belder nor Arpad Plesch had a copy in his library.
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