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1767. Berlin 1767. Folio (373 x 243mm). Decorative watercolor title, manuscript text within a garland of flowers and insects, and 86 watercolors of plants, manuscript index leaf at end. Preserved in a modern half cloth clamshell box. A beautiful original manuscript of foreign, mostly exotic, useful and medicinal plants. The fine watercolors are heightened with gouache and are numbered 1-53a, 53b-85, and inscribed with their Latin names. At the lower margin the Linnaean nomenclature is given with reference to his 'Genera Plantarum'. The index leaf lists a plate 86 Euphorbia which is not present in the collection. The manuscript portrays many spices and pharmaceutical plants such as: Jamaican pepper, cashew, cacao, camphor tree, caper, cardamom, cloves, quinine bark, China root, Arabian coffee, bitter cucumber, Indian saffron, date palm, Indian fig (the tree is considered sacred in India as it often shelters a little temple underneath), dwarf gensing, tree-of-life, indigo, nutmeg, opium, Indian pepper, black pepper, St. John's bread, Indian date, vanilla plant, poison nut, many originating from India. Andreas Friedrich Happe (1733-1802) was a well-known artist, engraver, naturalist as well as pharmacist. He was born in Aschersleben and died in Berlin in 1802. He published a number of books on pharmaceutical botany of which the most important is his 'Botanica pharmaceutica ' Berlin 1785 (-1806). He was also the artist for the plates of the first two volumes of Martini & Chemnitz 'Neues systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet'. However he is better known for his botanical artwork. The Oak Spring Garden Library has a four volume 'Herbarium pictum', an impressive collection of 403 watercolors. The Hunt Botanical Library possesses a manuscript by him 'Flora Happiana', with 471 watercolors. We sold a manuscript of Happe in 1997 'Insecten-Belustigung. Worinnen eine Sammlung sowohl Ausländischer als Einheimischer Tag-Vögel, Abend- und Nacht-Vögel enthalten nach dem Leben gezeichnet von Andr. Frid. Happe. Berlin 1769-1784', with a fine frontispiece (title within a garland of flowers), and 133 original watercolors. In 2008 a large collection of original watercolors by Happe 'Conspectus Praecipuarum Plantarum ' Berlin 1790-1794, with 1146 original watercolors was offered by the Parisian bookseller Thomas-Scheler. The Latin captions have some ink bleeding. Three plates with marginal repair. A unique and interesting collection. An Oak Spring Herbaria 39; Hunt 659..
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