Lot 8: Francisco Manuel Blanco (1778-1845)
November 8, 2000
London, United Kingdom
Description: Flora de Filipinas... adicionada con el manuscrito in‚dito del P. Fr. Ignacio Mercado, las obras del Antonio Llanas y un ap‚ndice con todas las nuevas investigaciones botanicas referentes al Archipi‚lago Filipino. Gran edicion hecha a expensas de la provincia de Augustinos Calzados de Filipinas bajo le direccion cientifiga del P. Fr. Adr‚s Naves. Manila: 1877-1880[-1883]. 7 volumes (text: 4 volumes in five, 2o [431 x 308mm.]; plates: 2 volumes, 2o [440 x 290mm. approx.]). Text: titles, half-titles and occasional text leaves printed in red and black. (Vol.III of text lacking pp.209-212, text vol.IV, part 2, lacking pp.17-20 and with [as usual] pp.170-171 printed upside down.) Plates: tinted lithographic pictorial title, etched frontispiece dedicated to the memory of Blanco, 1 page of tinted lithographic manuscript facsimile of Blanco's notes, 412 fine chromolithographic plates only (of 477) after Lorenzo Guerrero, Regino Garcia y Basa, Fabian Domingo, C.Arguelles, J.Garcia, Rosendo Garcia, F.Martinez and others, printed by C.Verdaguer of Barcelona. (Some light spotting, some plates shaved into image area, others with small sections of tissue guard adhering to image, a few browned or soiled, two detached and loosely inserted.) Text bound in contemporary morocco-backed cloth, spines gilt in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and the fourth, dated in the sixth (some neat small repairs to spines and covers); Plates in contemporary morocco-backed decorated cloth, the lower cover blocked in black, the upper in gilt and black, the spines tooled in gilt to match the text but without raised bands and undated (joints splitting, some small neat repairs). RARE 'EDICI¢N DE LUJO', A LARGE PAPER ISSUE LIMITED TO 500 COPIES, DESCRIBING THE FLOWERS, FRUIT AND TREES OF THE PHILIPPINES. The present edition is in effect the third edition of the pioneering work written by the Spanish priest, explorer and botanist Francisco Blanco and first published in Manila in a small quarto volume in 1837 (see lot 9). Blanco's text is here expanded and amended and provided with many excellent quality illustrations. This edition was issued in two formats: an 'edici¢n econ¢mica' with the plates uncoloured and numbered, and the present limited 'edici¢n de lujo'. BM(NH) I, p.172; Nissen BBI 170; Stafleu and Cowan 553. (7).