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SIEBOLD'S FLORILEGIUM OF JAPANESE PLANTS Florilegium Plantarum Japonicarum Sieboldii Held in the Library of the Komarov Botanical Institute (Complete - 3 vols. in 4)


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A sumptuous work limited to just 450 copies. Loosely inserted are two copies of the original folding prospectus including three examples of the same illustration of a tiger lily. Three volumes bound in four: vols. 1a & 1b (Botanical drawings, mostly by Keiga Kawahara, commissioned and collected by Siebold with accompanying text in English and Japanese); vol. 2. Articles and Catalogue (in English); vol. [3]. Articles in Japanese. Vols. 1a, 1b & 2 - 53cm tall and bound in fine blue textured Japanese cloth; vol. 3 - 38 cm and bound in smooth dark blue cloth. Generally fine condition with slight wear only to the bindings, very slightly marked, rear lower corner of vol. 1a a little bumped, edges of textblock very slightly marked; contents clean and tight, no inscriptions. A fine set. Very scarce - published to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Maruzen publishing house and costing at publication approximately 7,000. Seemingly a number copies were gifted to major libraries and botanical gardens, though the British Library with a grant from the Friends of the British Lbrary paid 4,125 (Grant made 2006-07), and described the book as "an exceptional source for scientific study of Japanese plants as well as having great artistic merit."

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