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TREW, Christoph Jacob, [C.G. von MURR and others].
Hortus nitidissimis omnem per annum superbiens floribus sive Amoenissimorum florum imagines ... Volumen [I-]II. | Der das ganze Jahr hindurch im schönsten Flor stehende Blumengarten, oder Abbildungen der lieblichsten Blumen, ... [Erster-]Zweyter Band.Nürnberg, [Johann Michael Seligman], Adam Ludwig Wirsing, [1750-1768-]1772[-1774]. 2 volumes bound as 1. Imperial folio (52.5 x 37 cm). With 119 engraved plates (numbered as 120) showing 128 flower varieties, painted by Georg Dionysius Ehret and others and engraved by Seligmann and Wirsing. With the plates printed on the better quality Dutch paper and coloured by hand for the publisher. Lacking 1 title-page and 1 text leaf. Contemporary mottled calf, each board with a gold-tooled roll border; the richly gold-tooled spine with a large thistle.
[86 of 88]; [49 of] 51, [1] pp.The first two of three volumes of the first and only edition of one of the greatest 18th-century flower books, with all 119 magnificent coloured plates produced for these two volumes. The present set was no doubt issued before volume three appeared (title-page 1786). One rarely finds two copies with the same make-up. The present set is a fine paper copy, with the plates on the better quality Dutch paper at a higher price. Although Trew is named as the author, most of the text appears to have been written by the classical scholar C.G. von Murr (1733-1811). The 128 beautifully illustrated flowers range from 24 to 50 cm in height and sometimes include details of the roots or a butterfly or other insects. "One of the finest records of the cultivated flowers of the period" (Dunthorne). "Exceedingly rare" and "magnificent flower book" (Hunt, where the book is not described because it was acquired just before the catalogue went to press). "One of the most decorative florilegia of the mid-eighteenth century" (Blunt). "One of the great florilegias ... probably the best work born of the collaboration of the artist ... Ehret and ...Trew ... [Murr's text is] among the most learned of horticultural writings" (apps.kew.org). It includes a wide variety of cultivated flowers, including many tulips, and is especially interesting for its detailed views of the reproductive parts (stamens and pistils).With a contemporary armorial bookplate and a 20th-century owner's inscription. Since the two volumes were bound together, the volume 2 title-page naming Wirsing was … [Click Below for Full Description]
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