[VAN GEEL, Pierre Corneille, DRAPIEZ, Pierre-Auguste Joseph]
Folio: 85 pl. (some min. spotting and soiling throughout, some pls or text ff. loose, bookblock broken in some places, some offsetting).
Cont. quarter vellum, gilt spine on 4 raised bands, black leather title label, marbl. paper on covers, marbl. endpapers (rubbed, sm. def. on head & tail, some tears on covers).
Sold as a collection of 85 unnumb. cont. hand-coloured lithographed plates out of the original edition (600 pls in a complete set) of this splendid flower book by the Belgian naturalists P.C. Van Geel (1796-1838) and P.-A. Joseph Drapiez (1778-1856), bound together in one volume, seemingly in no particular order. The pls are lithogr. by Burggraaff after G. Severeyns. Each plate is followed by a short explanation giving the classification and characteristics of the plant genus and the specificities of the variety. In our copy, some of the +/- 115 explanation texts have their accompanying plates torn out, making a total of 85 pls. Bound in the beginning of the vol., is the front cover of the 5th instalment, with imprint Brussels, P.M. De Vroom, 1827. Ref. Nissen 2386. - Pritzel 566. - Landwehr (Dutch colour plates) 62. - Brunet V:1074.
€ 150 / 250Live bidding