One of the finest works on medical plants, including a depiction of the "Commiphora gileadensis", source of the Balsam of Mecca

Nees von Esenbeck, Theodor Friedrich Ludwig. Plantae officinales oder Sammlung officineller Pflanzen.

Düsseldorf, Arnz & Co., [1821]-1833.

Folio. 4 volumes (1 text volume, 2 plates volumes and the supplement volume with plates and interleaved text). (406); (96) ff. plus plates. With lithographed title-pages in plates and supplement volumes; in total 552 plates (the plates volumes with in total 432 lithographed plates (425 hand-coloured, 7 black and white); supplement volume with 120 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Contemporary red half sheepskin.


Rare complete set with the supplement (often lacking) of a sumptuous botanical work with 552 striking lithographic plates by Aimée Henry. Among the plants and trees depicted are the date palm, the Commiphora gileadensis, and the Acacia Arabica. The work was begun by M. F. Weyhe, J. W. Wolter and P. W. Funke, and finished by the important German botanist and pharmacologist Theodor Friedrich Ludwig Nees von Esenbeck (1787-1837), best remembered for his systematic research on the medical properties of plants, which helped to establish pharmacology as a serious academic discipline. The plates appeared in instalments between 1822 and 1828, followed by several instalments of text, and finally a supplement volume in 1833. Some confusion exists as to the general title of the work, since the volumes of plates are titled "Plantae medicinales", whereas the text volume was published as "Plantae officinales".

Bookplate and library stamps in each volume. Some browning and foxing as usual; bindings worn. A good set, rare in its present complete form.

GFB, p. 69. Johnston 945. Nissen, BBI 1442. Plesch p. 347. Pritzel 6662. Stafleu/C. 17391. Cf. Graesse IV, 655.

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