Engraved frontis. port. of the author, two folding engraved plates (numbered “I” and “III”), & two folding printed tables. 7 p.l., 276 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. speckeld boards (spine worn). Munich: J.B. Strobl, 1786.
First edition of this rare epistolary account of Schrank’s scientific field trip throughout Bavaria in 1784 and 1785. While Schrank devotes a good portion of the text to botanical observations, he also provides descriptions of the towns and cities visited, the geology and most remarkable natural features of the area, the monasteries, local customs, etc. The twelfth letter contains a learned account of Bavarian incunabula (with a series of woodcut reproductions of watermarks) and a description of the library of Kloster Steingaden. He also describes the library, natural history, and medal collections present in Munich.
Good copy of a very scarce book.
❧ Stafleu & Cowan 11106.
Item ID: 4881