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        Plantae asiaticae rariores; or, descriptions and figures of a select number of unpublished east indian plants.

      London, Treuttel and W├╝rtz, (1829-) 1830-32. 3 volumes. Folio (525 x 365mm). With one double-page map and 295 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates. Contemporary half calf, gilt ornamented spines in 6 compartments. First edition. A fine copy, without any foxing, of one of the great botanical books. Only 254 copies of this magnificent work on Indian plants were published. The plates were lithographed by Gauci after drawings by native artists. Vishnupersaud, whom Blunt describes as the finest of the Asian botanical artists of the time, contributed to the work, as well as to Roxburgh's 'Plants of the Coast of Coromandel', to which this work is, in many ways, a supplement. Wallich was superintendent of the Calcutta Botanic Garden from 1815 to 1846. He 'collected extensively and made many duplicates; these were distributed from London (after 1826) under the auspices of the East India Company' (Stafleu). "The work celebrates some of the spectacular finds by Wallich and his collectors... It was the last of the ambitiously conceived, extravagantly produced Indian floras" (Desmond, The European discovery of the Indian Flora p. 90). Nissen 2099; Stafleu and Cowan 16.583; Great Flower Books p. 80.

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