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Detailed catalogue of succulents, covering the family Alooideae

Verzeichniss der verschiedenen Arten und Abarten des Geschlechts Aloe, welche von den Herren von Willdenow, Haworth, de Candolle und Freiherrn von Jacquin beschrieben worden sind, oder noch unbeschrieben in den Gärten Deutschlands, Frankreichs und der Niederlanden sich befinden. [Schloss Dyck, near Dusseldorf, 1817]. 8vo. Original blue coated paper wrappers.
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German edition of a detailed catalogue of succulents, covering the family Alooideae. Also published in French, both editions with descriptions in Latin. Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck (1773-1861) started collecting succulents at Schloss Dyck in 1800 after consorting with the leading French botanists in Paris and took lessons in paintings from Redouté after he saw the illustrations Redouté made for Candolle's Plantarum succulentarum historia. The first listing of succulents was a short pamphlet printed in 1809, the next listing was published in 1816 and was followed by a more regular publication of catalogues printed in very small numbers. They acted as "exchange lists with the botanical gardens and private collectors with whom Salm-Dyck exchanged specimens" (Rowley).After his death in 1861 the collections at Schloss Dyck soon started to break-up. The herbarium was the first to go, but his unrivalled succulent collection survived until the First World War. What was left of his magnificent library was auctioned in 1992-1993. "Only then did the extent of the loss become apparent: in addition to Salm-Dyck's manuscripts, notebooks and fine paintings [...] there were several editions of his garden catalogue unrecorded by Pritzel, Stafleu & Cowan and other recognised bibliographies, and unseen by succulentists in the never-ending search for prior publication of names and dates of introduction of new species" (Rowley).Very good copy, untrimmed and unopened.
Pritzel 8008; Rowley, "Salm-Dyck's Catalogues", in: Taxon vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 845-851; Stafleu & Cowan 10126; cf. BMC NH, p. 1792 (French ed.).
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