Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanarum Extra-Tropicarum; or, figures, with descriptions, of extra-tropical South African Orchids, 3 Volumes + The Orchids of the Cape Peninsula, in 4 uniformly-bound volumes

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Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanarum Extra-Tropicarum; or, figures, with descriptions, of extra-tropical South African Orchids, 3 Volumes + The Orchids of the Cape Peninsula, in 4 uniformly-bound volumes

By Bolus, Harry

SKU# 15232

$ 3,750.00

Pp. (vol. 1): vi, (6), (6), with 100 hand-colored lithographic plates (partially colored as called for), each with descriptive text leaves, (5), index, appendix; (vol. 2): pp. vi, frontispiece portrait of the author, with 100 hand-colored lithographic plates (partially colored as called for), each with descriptive text leaves, (3), index; (vol. 3): pp. (6), with 100 hand-colored lithographic plates (partially colored as called for), each with descriptive text leaves, (3), index; + (Cape Peninsula): pp. xxxiii, 1-141, (1); 119 partially hand-colored plates (2 are double page). One-quarter green morocco leather with five raised bands, spine with gilt panel lines and black author/title/volume label lettered in gilt in 2 compartments, over French marbled boards with matching marbled endpapers, lg 8vo (9 3/4 x 6 7/8 inches). This set contains the complete first edition of Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanarum Extra-Tropicarum, 3 volumes and the complete second edition of The Orchids of the Cape Peninsula edited by Harriet M.L. Bolus and Alice M. Greene. These two works are bound uniformly in later fine green morocco over marbled boards with marbled endpapers. The two works have a total of 419 partially colored plates - these two works represent the foundation of for the study of South African orchids by the first orchidologist of South Africa, Harry Bolus. From the academic library of botanist Edmund A. C. L. E. Schelpe of Natal University College, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa with his printed name and address on the front blank endpaper.

Publisher William Wesley and Son + Darter Bros and Co.
Publisher Place London + Cape Town
Date Published 1893-1913 + 1918
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First
Number of Volumes 4
Reprint No
Condition Fine
Condition Description The front blank endpapers show scattered light foxing endpapers as do 2 of the 4 title pages; 4 of the 419 hand-colored plates show just a hint of marginal foxing; overall, the text, hand-colored plates and fine green morocco bindings of this four volume set are remarkably clean - a tight and bright copy in fine condition.
ISBN
Limited Edition