“Geradezu Epoche Machend”

Versuch einer vollständigen Geschichte vorzüglicher Holzarten in systematischen Abhandlungen zur Erweiterung der Naturkunde und Forsthaushaltungs–Wissenschaft…Mit einer Vorrede von D. Johann Gottlieb Gleditsch.

47 engraved plates (incl. the frontis. & leaf of dedication in Vol. I, Part I & another leaf of dedication in Part II), two fine engraved vignettes on the titles of the two parts of Vol. I, & four folding printed tables in Vol. II. xviii (incl. dedication leaf), 492 pp.; xxii (incl. dedication leaf), 234 pp., one leaf of errata; 344 pp. Two vols. in three. Large 4to, orig. blue boards. Berlin: J. Pauli, 1783-87-1800.

First edition of this important work, which A.D.B. considered to be “immediately epoch-making” (in trans.). This is one of the most important publications of the prominent Forstwissenschaftler Burgsdorf (1747-1802), manager of the forests of the Kurmark Brandenburg and a member of the Berlin Académie des Sciences and many other societies. The author wrote a number of “highly esteemed” (N.B.G., in trans.) books on arboriculture and forestry.

This work is the author’s thoroughly researched guide to tree species, which Burgsdorf envisioned eventually covering all species. However, he died in 1802, and these two volumes, covering beech and oak trees, were all to be published.

It is interesting to note that Burgsdorf had a lucrative sideline selling seeds of trees. He packaged them in boxes — known as Burgsdorffschen Kisten — containing 100 varieties of seeds or cuttings as well as a guide on how they should be planted. It is known that he sold a number of these boxes in North America.

An important foreword has been furnished by Gleditsch (1714-86), the celebrated botanist and sylviculturist and a close friend and supporter of Linnaeus. Director of the botanical garden at Berlin, he wrote many works on botany and sylviculture and gave the first public courses on scientific forest management in Germany.

Fine set. Perhaps lacking an errata leaf in Vol. I, Part I, and Vol. II.

❧ A.D.B., Vol. 3, pp. 613-15. Mantel, I, p. 225. N.B.G., Vol. 7, col. 836. Stafleu & Cowan 925.

Price: $3,500.00

Item ID: 6711