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Plantae et papiliones rariores depictae et aeri incisae. by  Georg (1708-1770) EHRET - First Edition - from Arader Galleries and

Plantae et papiliones rariores depictae et aeri incisae.

by EHRET, Georg (1708-1770)

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[London: by the author], 1748 [first plate]-1759 [plate 15]. 16 leaves, large folio (20 6/8 x 12 6/8 inches). 15 hand-colored engraved plates by and after Ehret, plate 15 with a facing page of text, "The history and analysis of the parts of the Jessamne, which flowered in the curious garden of R. Warner, Esq; at Woodford, July 1758", an uncolored engraved vignette of the Rondeletia by Ehret at the foot of this page, all plates but two on laid paper bearing the watermark of STRASBOURG LILY with "G" and maker's countermark I. TAYLOR, plate 4 on unwatermarked heavy wove paper, the letterpress on laid paper marked IV (plates 1, 10 and 11 with small repaired tears in lower margins, a few minor nicks at edges and plate 12 with a creased margin, some showthrough and a little paper discoloration throughout). Disbound and loose in modern red quarter morocco clamshell box. Provenance: The bookplate of Harry Wearne (1852-1929); memorial gift bookplate The Art-in-Trades Club. First edition. The "Plantae et papiliones rariores" has no title-page or text other than a caption title at the top of the first plate, and engraved Latin descriptions of the plants. (English text appears in trompe l'oeil on plate 8). The letterpress leaf accompanying the Jasminum plate 15 appears to have been published independently of the engravings. The work was published in parts by subscription, subscribers including Sir Hans Sloane and the Duchess of Portland; Ehret dedicated plate 14 to the latter, who had the Ginger plant cultivated in her greenhouse in September 1754 (Calman). During his years in Regensburg Ehret's drawings came to the attention of the physician and botanist Christoph Jakob Trew (1695-1769), who asked him "to paint for him as many plants as he could on large fine paper" (Henrey, p. 63). Trew had planned to publish a book of engravings based on his own collection of Ehret's drawings the project was delayed and Ehret, growing impatient, decided to publish his own book of engravings, containing "newly introduced species which had rarely if ever been previously represented" (Calman). Ehret's "approach was a fine compromise between that of the artist and that of the scientist: he did not slavishly imitate what he saw nor did he allow his feeling for color and design to distract him unduly from the fundamentals of plant structure. Artists and botanists alike, therefore, join in praising his work... he has... his own particular qualities-- a sureness of touch, vigor of handling, and an unerring instinct for design" (Blunt & Stearn, p. 163). Trew remained a patron and friend of Ehret for the rest of his life, and they eventually collaborated on Trew's magnum opus "Plantae selectee" (1750-1773), which confirmed Ehret's reputation as a master of botanical illustration. EXTREMELY RARE: not in the Plesch or de Belder collections. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society copy (sold, Sotheby's New York, 1 October 1980, lot 116) and the present copy are the only two copies recorded by ABPC since 1965. Only two copies are recorded in American institutions: Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, and the Library of the United States Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C. Blunt & Stearn, pp. 164-166; Calman, Georg Ehret, "Flower Painter Extraordinary", 93-94; Dunthorne 109; "Great Flower Books", p. 93; Henrey 150; Nissen BBI 583; Pritzel 2641; Stafleu & Cowan (recording the publication in 1761-1762 of three supplementary plates, citing one known copy, at the Arnold Arboretum); TL2 1644. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

  • Bookseller: Arader Galleries US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 001929
  • Title: Plantae et papiliones rariores depictae et aeri incisae.
  • Author: EHRET, Georg (1708-1770)
  • Book condition: Used
  • Publisher: [London: by the author], 1748 [first plate]-1759 [plate 15].
  • Bookseller catalogs: Botanical;



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