Plants of the Americas

Nikolaus von Jacquin
Illustrated by Bauer et al
Limited to 750 hand-numbered copies

The first facsimile of one of the great books of botanic art from the edition held in the library of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Limited Edition

The enduring appeal of Plants of the Americas unquestionably lies in the 264 exquisitely beautiful and scientifically accurate plant portraits, as well as the exuberant title pages, produced by the Bauer brothers and their team. This facsimile of the copy of Plants of the Americas held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – the first ever facsimile of any copy of this rare publication – reproduces the hand-painted originals with stunning fidelity. The plates constitute a powerful artistic and intellectual legacy, while the accompanying commentary provides an understanding of the significance of Jacquin’s text which was printed in a separate volume and has never been translated from the original Latin.

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Plates Volume
272 pages including 264 full-page colour plates and two tipped-in fold-outs
Printed on Veltique paper
Quarter-bound in goatskin with cloth sides blocked in gold, silver and black with a design by Neil Gower
Gilded top edge
18½˝ x 13˝

Commentary Volume
56 pages, including 10 full-page illustrations
Typeset in Miller and printed on Veltique paper
Bound in cloth blocked in black and gold with a design by Neil Gower
8½˝ x 11¾˝

Solander Presentation Box
Bound in Balmoral cloth
Blocked in gold on front and spine

Plants of the Americas, the sumptuous second edition (1780) of the Selectarum stirpium Americanarum historia – written by the Dutch-born Austrian botanist Nikolaus von Jacquin and illustrated by some of the finest botanic artists Europe has ever produced – is by the standards of any age an astounding artistic and intellectual achievement. Here for the first time, in full colour and fine detail, was a treasury of exotic plants which had never reached European shores before its author’s daring voyage to the West Indies in search of new species. It was the product of a remarkable age of unfettered scientific inquiry, the Enlightenment.

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