Petersburg: Academiae Imper. Scientiarum, 1784. Contemporary red morocco. 4to. Contemporary red morocco. Raised bands and panels on spine with gilt floral patterns and separate black leather title in gilt. Covers have single gilt border. All edges gilt. This is a very clean and bright copy. Collation:164p. + 37 engraved plates in contemporary color. First three plates have damp staining on upper right third. The copper engraved plates were done by Hedwig and coloring most likely by J. S. Capieux. Very Good. Item #00001
Hedwig was a German bryologist who received his doctor of medicine at Leipzig in 1759 where he later became professr of botany and director of the botanic garden. This is one of Hedwig's major works discussing his theories on the generation and fruiting of mosses, liverworts and mushrooms and equisetum. Although he missed the aspect of spores in mushrooms coming from the gills for new plants, his critical analysis of morphology of the different plant groups and their progeny is noteworthy. . (Brunnet III, p. 78; Nissen, 832; Pritzel, 3879).