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[ALPINE HERBARIUM / ALBUM OF COMPOSED OF PRESSED SWISS FLOWERS AND PLANTS]. Flora de la Suisse (Cover title) by  Michael Caviezel - Hardcover - 1880 - from Michael Laird Rare Books LLC (SKU: 3264)

[ALPINE HERBARIUM / ALBUM OF COMPOSED OF PRESSED SWISS FLOWERS AND PLANTS]. Flora de la Suisse (Cover title)

[ALPINE HERBARIUM / ALBUM OF COMPOSED OF PRESSED SWISS FLOWERS AND PLANTS]. Flora de la Suisse (Cover title)

by Caviezel, Michael

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Pontresina, Switzerland: M. Caviezel, 1880. Very good. Large oblong 8vo. (230 x 190 mm). Altogether 12 leaves: 6 leaves with flower and plant identifications in manuscript, and 6 leaves with altogether 41 pasted-on pressed flowers (see below), each protected by original tissue guards. Original red cloth (a trifle worn), both covers embossed in blind, upper cover gilt with the title "Flora de la Suisse," cream-colored moire pastedowns and endpapers, inner hinges of red cloth (stained along lower hinge, affecting rear pastedown and endpaper in gutter, not affecting plates, text, or tissue guards. Preserved in a red cloth protective case. THE DIMENSIONALITY AND NATURALISM OF THE PRESSED FLOWERS AND PLANTS IN THIS ALBUM IS REMARKABLE, and stretches our conception of the 19th-century book as a physical object. Here the 41 specimens are arranged as BOUQUETS that emanate from actual MOSSY TURF. Thus, the present "book" is not only a vehicle for transmitting information in manuscript (scientific names of Swiss Alpine plants and flowers) but it contains the actual physical specimens themselves. The names in manuscript appear on sheets opposite the specimens they describe; there is faint offsetting from the arrangements which makes the handwriting both ghostlike and luminous. As the plants and flowers are arranged like paintings, this particular volume represents a kind of continuum between the realms of art, botany, and bibliography. The name of the compiler of the present album, Michael Caviezel, is stamped on the verso of the front binder's blank: "Alpen-Pflanzen M. Caviezel, Pontresina, Engadine Schweiz (i.e. in Pontresina in the Engadine Valley of Switzerland). Caviezel was a teacher and forest warden, and promoted the area's rich flora to tourists, offering guides, bouquets, presses for drying specimens, and luxurious albums -- as here. We have seen other albums by Caviezel but they were marred by boring presentation; unsightly foxing; and defective specimens or missing specimens. MUST BE SEEN TO BE FULLY APPRECIATED.

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Bookseller
Michael Laird Rare Books LLC US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
3264
Title
[ALPINE HERBARIUM / ALBUM OF COMPOSED OF PRESSED SWISS FLOWERS AND PLANTS]. Flora de la Suisse (Cover title)
Author
Caviezel, Michael
Book condition
Used - Very good
Quantity available
1
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
M. Caviezel
Place of Publication
Pontresina, Switzerland
Date published
1880

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About Michael Laird Rare Books LLC

Welcome to Michael Laird Rare Books, LLC. We specialize in fine and rare books, manuscripts, documents, ephemera, fine and historic bookbindings, and illustrated books of every description. Michael Laird is a member of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America), ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers), and the Appraisers Association of America (USPAP compliant, and AAA certified in the appraisal of Rare and Antiquarian Printed Books). Michael Laird earned his masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin (1989) and has more twenty years experience in the antiquarian booktrade. He is the principal Rare Book and Document appraiser at Winston Art Group (New York) and Gurr Johns (New York). Since 2002 he has taught advanced graduate level courses in Rare Books and Special Collections, most recently at the University of Texas at Austin (School of Information).We invite you to browse through a selection of our inventory: we strive to present the greatest historic detail and bibliographic accuracy, even for lesser priced - but no less interesting - items.We are happy to provide further images of any item: please inquire.Order with confidence: we select every item with great care and discernment; moreover, we examine every page of every book. We are always interested in purchasing fine and rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera; please inquire. We very much appreciate your interest in our work, and your patronage. Thank you!

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