SWARTZ, OLOF PETER. 1760-1818.
Icones plantarum incognitarum quas in India Occidentali detexit atque delineavit. Erlange: J.J. Palm, 1794-.
Fascicule 1 (all published). Folio (440 x 250 mm). 8 pp. 13 engraved plates. Modern buckram. Title lightly dust-soiled, pencil annotation to foot, plates very lightly toned.
Provenance: New York Horticultural Society (bookplate, blindstamp in margin of plate 12).
FIRST EDITION of this rare work on newly discovered plants from the West Indies. The Swedish botanist Swartz traveled in the West Indies and the North Eastern parts of South America between 1784 and 1786. He produced 200 drawings of which 71 survive, but only these thirteen were engraved, all depicting Jamaican plants. According to Stafleu the text and the first six plates were published in 1794, and the remaining seven plates in 1801. Nissen BBI 1917; Stafleu TL2 13529.