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Plantae Asiaticae rariores; or Descriptions and Figures of a Select Number of Unpublished East Indian Plants .
- 3 Vols., large folio, ( 55cm x 39cm), 295 hand-coloured lithographic plates + double page map, half-titles to vols. 1 & 3 (as usual), list of subscribers, a handsome set in later (but not recent) red half-morocco, spines elaborately gilt. London, Treutell & Wurtz, 1830-1831-1832. Wallich (1786-1854), born and educated in Denmark but entered the service of the East India Company in 1813 and in 1815 was made superintendent of the Calcutta botanical garden; in this role and in conjunction with William Carey he began to publish William Roxburgh's 'Flora Indica' to which Wallich made significant additions. He made several plant collecting trips to Nepal and published, in India, a work based on his collecting there. In 1828 he was 'retired' to England accompanied by over 8,000 plant specimens, a work was published in that year based on these specimens. In 1830, 1831 and 1832 Wallich published his most important work 'Plantae Asiatiae Rariores' but then returned to India making investigations into the tea-shrub, finally retiring in 1850. The fine plates in these volumes are all native Indian artists trained by Wallich and one of whom - Vishnupersaud - accompanied him on his plant collecting journeys. Coats 'The Book of Flowers' considers that these illustrations of the native Indian artists 'make most other plant drawings look uninspired by comparison.' [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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