Leipzig: Herzel, 1859-61. First edition. Original Wraps. Aus den Abhandlungen der mathematisch-physichen Classe der Koeniglich Saechsischen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften. 4to. Original paper wrappers. (Off Prints) Collation: Vol. I -  535-672  p. + 27 lithogrph plates; Vol. II - 631-760 p. + 25 lithograph plates. This is an uncut partially unopened set. The first volume has printed covers with advertisements on verso of front and both sides of rear covers. Second volume bound with plain paper wrapper. Text of both volumes has minor foxing along blank margins. Plates are very bright only minor dusting on blank margins. Two volumes in original fascicles with 52 lithographic plates. Second volume with plain paper wrapper. Very Good. Item #0000211
The text covers embryology of representative dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous plants complemented with lithograph plates. This is a remarkable compilation of anatomic and fine cell detail for development of ovaries and embryo sacs wth penetration of pollen tube of latter. This is major work from a significant contributor to botanical science who discovered alteration of generations in plants. Hofmeister is "the most outstanding figure among a constellation of brilliant botanists of the (19th ) century, and one of the great botanists of all time, ranking with Theophrastus, Cesalpino, Ray and Linnaeus. his research was almost entirely done between four and six o'clock in the morning before the normal day's work- a remarkable feat. His earliest, truly classical studies of the structure, development and reproduction, of the angiosperms, gymnosperms, and higher cryptograms, which constituted his most important work, and which raised the science of botany to a new state."(Morton, 1981).