2 NEES VON ESENBECK /on medical plants 106


Description: One of the finest works on medical plants

NEES VON ESENBECK, Theodor Friedrich Ludwig.
Plantae officinales oder Sammlung officineller Pflanzen.

Düsseldorf, Arnz and Company, [1821]-1833. 4 volumes (1 text-volume, 2 plate volumes and the supplement volume with plates and interleaved text Folio. Contemporary red half sheepskin, spine with gold-tooled title, marbled boards. With lithographed title to plate and supplement-volumes; in total 552 plates plates (the plate volumes with in total 432 full-page lithographed plates (425 hand-coloured, 7 black and white); the supplement-volume with 120 full-page hand-coloured lithographed plates). Text volume: [406, incl. title, preface and contents]; ff.; supplement volume: [96] ff. with explanation for all 120 plates.

Rare complete set with the often absent supplement of this sumptuous botanical work with 552 striking lithographic plates by Aimée Henry. The work was begun by M.F. Weyhe, J.W. Wolter and P.W. Funke, and finished by the important German botanist and pharmacologist Theodor Friedrich Ludwig Nees von Esenbeck (1787-1837), best remembered for his systematic research on the medical properties of plants, which helped to establish the pharmacology as a serious academic discipline. The plates appeared in instalments between 1822 and 1828, followed by several instalments of text, and finally a supplement volume in 1833. Some confusion exists as to the general title of the work, since the volumes of plates are titled Plantae medicinales, whereas the text volume was published as Plantae officinales.

Bindings used; as usual some browning and foxing; bookplate and stamps in each volumes. A good set of this rare complete work.
GFB, p. 69; Johnston 945; Nissen, BBI 1442; Plesch p. 347; Pritzel 6662; Stafleu & Cowan 17.391.
  • Number: 1060567 (C7UDZ701U79O)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum