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Des jacintes, de leur anatomie, reproduction et culture. Amsterdam, (colophon: printed by Klaas Eel, 28 March), 1768. 4to. With engraved illustration by J. van Hiltrop on title-page and 10 numbered engraved plates by Jacob vander Schley, with details of several specimens and the last plate showing the layout of flower beds by Voorhelm, Kreps and Cock. 19th-century marbled boards.
- Hunt 602; Krelage, pp. 612-615; Nissen, BBI 1718; Pritzel 7996; STCN (7 copies, incl. 5 lacking the preliminary discours). First and only edition of "the most important monograph devoted to the hyacinth" (Krelage) by the Frenchman Maximilien Henri, Marquis de Saint-Simon, who, although an amateur, had a surprisingly scientific approach. Including the preliminary "discours", often lacking, presenting the work to the Berlin Academy of Science. The work includes a comprehensive list with "over two thousand named varieties, double and single, including those grown by George Voorhelm . . . It appears to be the most important list for the century'' (Hunt).With the name of the Dutch bulb grower Johannes Jacobus van Loghem on spine. Boards slightly loose and front hinge damaged. A very good untrimmed copy.
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