Lot 19
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LINNAEUS. HORTUS CLIFFORTIANUS. 1737

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3,000 - 4,000 GBP
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Description

  • Hortus cliffortianus plantas exhibens quas in hortis tam vivis quam siccis, Hartecampi in Hollandia. Amsterdam: [no publisher, 1737]
FIRST EDITION, folio (425 x 243mm.), half-title, engraved frontispiece, title printed in red and black with engraved vignette, 36 engraved plates, 20 after G.D. Ehret, most with letterpress captions, later half calf, some spotting, frontispiece split

Literature

Cleveland Herbal 387; Dunthorne 186; Hunt 504; Nissen BBI 1215; Soulsby 328; Stafleu TL2 4719

Catalogue Note

“THE MOST ELABORATE ILLUSTRATED WORK BY LINNAEUS” (Cleveland Herbal). An important botanical work, being the catalogue of the magnificent garden at Hartekamp of the Anglo-Dutch banker George Clifford. Ehret's masterful and accurate drawings brought a new standard of excellence to botanical illustration, while Linnaeus's definitions of each species established the groundwork for his system of binomials.
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