REDOUTÉ, PIERRE-JOSEPH. 1759-1840. CANDOLLE, AUGUSTIN PYRAMUS DE. 1778-1841. Plantarum succulentarum historia. Histoire naturelle des plantes grasses.  Paris: Garnery Libraire/Chez Garnery, [1799]-1837.

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REDOUTÉ, PIERRE-JOSEPH. 1759-1840.
CANDOLLE, AUGUSTIN PYRAMUS DE. 1778-1841.
Plantarum succulentarum historia. Histoire naturelle des plantes grasses. Paris: Garnery Libraire/Chez Garnery, [1799]-1837.

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REDOUTÉ, PIERRE-JOSEPH. 1759-1840.
CANDOLLE, AUGUSTIN PYRAMUS DE. 1778-1841. Plantarum succulentarum historia. Histoire naturelle des plantes grasses. Paris: Garnery Libraire/Chez Garnery, [1799]-1837.
2 volumes. 4to (350 x 264 mm). 178 hand-colored engraved plates. Green morocco-backed marbled boards, two of the original fascicule wrappers (livraison 23 and 31, although the text leaves for the very rare livraison 31 pp 172-178 are absent) bound-in. Text volume: half-title, title, 2 leaves ["Table," re-margined], 172 pp, final 4 text leaves re-margined.

REDOUTE'S GREAT WORK ON SUCCULENTS. Begun in 1799 and issued in fascicules, the project was abandoned and restarted twice, until in 1837 the publisher Garnery gathered all of the existing plates and fascicules and issued them in two volumes with new 1837 title pages. Because of this complicated history, copies are nearly never seen complete, and appear with varying plate counts. The highest number recorded was 192, which included 4 never published and a duplicate of plate 87. "The Plantarum succulentarum historia is one of the nightmares of botanical bibliography. Several editions are known to have been distributed, but new title-pages, partial indexes and new covers were issued at different times either with existing stock or with later reprints ... There are hardly any identical copies. Very often plates are lacking, but the variety of indexes, title-pages and wrappers is such that a huge number of 'variants' exist." (Stafleu/Cowan 983). Nissen 321.
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