Splendid Botanical Books from a German Private Collection

More than 200 botanical books from a German private collection will be offered in this year’s Spring Auctions of Reiss & Sohn in Königstein im Taunus, Germany, which will be held on April 28th and 29th.

The collection includes important early works such as Andrea Cesalpino’s ‘De plantis libris XVI.’ (Firenze 1583), regarded as the first true textbook of botany, as well as the splendidly illustrated ‘Flora Napolitana’ (Naples 1811-38) by Michele Tenore and the 3-volume ‘Descriptiones et icons plantarum rariorum Hungariae’ (Vienna 1802-12) by Franz Adam von Waldstein and Paul Kitaibel. Carl Linnaeus, known as the father of modern taxonomy, is represented by several important works, including the first editions of his ‘Genera plantarum’ (Leyden 1737) and the ‘Hortus Cliffortianus’ (Amsterdam 1737). Also included are smaller botanical works as an early edition of Nicholas Culpeper’s ‘Complete Herbal’ (Burslem 1814).

A richly illustrated printed catalogue will be published shortly and is available on request (fee). The online version of the catalogue, with numerous additional images, will be available in the beginning of April.