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Very rare description of the author’s own botanical garden in Amsterdam

CUNO, Johann Christian, David Sigmund BÜTTNER and Friedrich WAGNER (transl.)
Ode über seinen Garten: Nachmahls Besser. Amsterdam, Jacob Cornelis Schoots van Cappelle, 1750. 8vo. With a folding engraved allegorical title-plate, an engraved printers device on the title-page, an elaborate engraved coat-of-arms on the dedication page and 11 engraved plates (1 folding). Further numerous woodcut allegorical capitals. Contemporary calf. [34], 260 pp.
€ 2,500
Rare second, enlarged edition of a description of the botanical garden of the author: Johann Christian Cuno (1708-1783). The first edition (1749), also in German, does not include Büttner's botanical commentary. Cuno, born in Berlin, migrated to Amsterdam and made a fortune as a merchant. He spent his spare time in his garden estate near Haarlem and wrote this book about it. Cuno became an important figure in Amsterdam society, befriending many authors, including Linnaeus, who named a plant family after him: Cunonia. The first edition is extremely rare (not in WorldCat, but the SB Berlin has a copy). Owner's name in ink on first endpaper: "Jongman 1940". Small tear in the margin of the folding title-plate. A few wormholes throughout, more in the last pages. Spine and board edges worn. STCN (4 copies incl. 1 incompl.); Paradisus Batavus 52; not in Arnold Arboretum; Hunt.
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