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DILLENIUS (Johann Jacob). Historia Muscorum: A General History of Land and Water, &c. Mosses and Corals, Containing all the Known Species, Exhibited by about 1000 Figures, on 85 large Royal 4to Cooper Plates, collected, drawn and engraved in the best Manner from the Originals by the Author.1768

London: Printed for J. Millan, Second edition, second issue, large 4to (295 x 230 mm), [2], 13, [1], 10pp., followed by 85 copper engraved plates, some light toning to text, plates general nice and clean, bound in a handsome cont. full calf, joint cracked at head and foot, spine tooled in gilt with an attractive floral design, contrasting red morocco label lettered in gilt. Dillenius, Johann Jakob Dillenius (1687–1747), was was contemporaneous with both Ray and Linnaeus, and this is regarded as "his greatest work."—DNB. First published in 1741, this 1768 edition is a re-issue of the original plates with explanatory text, it covers mosses, liverworts, lycopods, and algae - the illustrations all drawn and engraved by the author. Provenance: Small previous owner stamp of William T. Doyle at head of title. Nissen BBI 491; Stafleu & Cowan, 1472; Henrey III, 642.

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