Göttingen: Viduam Abraham Vandenhoeck, 1753. Second Edition. Full calf. 8vo. (16.7 x 9.6 cm) Contemporary mottled caf , panels on spine from gilt tooling filled with central flowering plant and corner flowers. Gilt worn. Red morocco label with partial title in gilt. Collation: lxxx, 424, pp. There is engraved vignette of a portion of the University of Göttingen garden. Marble end papers, red edges of text block. There is worming at middle of fore edge of rfep and 9 leaves of index as well as intermittently in the text. There is some minor foxing at the head of several leaves. l condition of text is very good. Very good. Item #0000699
This second edition is a significant enlargement of Haller s Brevis enumeratio stirpium horti Goettingensis (1743). Haller founded the herbarium at Göttingen during his employment at the university from 1736-1753. During this period he added alpine plants from Switzerland and classified all plants in the garden with two publications, 1743 and 1753, of which this is a copy. Haller uses a taxonomic scheme consisting of four classes to cover plants from different groups in the Plant Kingdom. The first three classes cover mostly lower organisms and grasses with the fourth class having separation of monocotyledons and dicotyledons. The classification scheme is not binomial, as with Linneaus, but gives description of a particular plant type followed by different subgroups and examples therein. Haller rejected Linnean and Tournefort systems in favor of his own most likely as result of his extensive exploration to alpine areas of Switzerland and elsewhere. He tried to formulate a separate, more natural system, as illustred in this study. Haller prepared two herbaria, one at Pavia which was taken by French troops in 1796 to Paris and the other still present in the Herbarium of the University of Göttingen, near the garden. (Stafleu and Cowan, 2309; Pritzel, 3723).