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BeitrÃ¤ge zur schÃ¶nen Gartenkunst - MEDIKUS (or MEDICUS), Friedrich Kasimir - 1782. 
Finely engraved vignette on title. 11 p.l., 378,  pp. 8vo, orig. red morocco, triple gilt fillet round sides, spine finely gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Mannheim: in der neuen Hof- und akademischen Buchhandlung, 1782. First edition and a lovely copy in red morocco and printed on thick paper from the library of the dukes of Bavaria. Medikus (1736-1808), was in charge of the Mannheim botanic garden for many years and the author of a number of botanical books. In the present work, Medikus describes in a series of letters the various styles of garden design - including English and German - and the appropriate plantings for each. In one of the sections Medikus discusses the kinds of botanical gardens - a demonstration garden for a high school, a garden for apothecaries of a large city, a garden for an academy of science, and a garden for a wealthy private owner - and their different requirements. There is much on non-native trees and plants. Fine and handsome copy. ? Stafleu & Cowan 5768.
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