Lot 228WAWRA VON FERNSEE, HEINRICH
Botanische ergebnisse der reise seiner majestat des Kaisers von Mexico Maximilian I. nach Brasilien (1859-60). Vienna: Carl Gerold's Son, 1866. First edition. 19th-century buff boards, likely publisher's, the upper cover with a mounted label (or ?parts wrapper cover) with the publication information, housed in a modern clamshell case. 19 1/8 x 13 3/4 inches (49 x 35 cm); half-title, title, xvi, 224,  pp., with 104 lithographed plates after Josef Seboth, 32 partially printed in color. Corners of binding bumped, joints rubbed but sound, internally some scattered foxing, but overall a clean copy.
First edition of this important work on the flora of Brazil, which described many hitherto unrecorded species. Wawra, a ship's surgeon, accompanied Maximilian I to Brazil in 1859-60; the plants were collected for the expedition by the botanist and royal gardener Franz Maly. Maximilian I was subsequently self-appointed as Emperor of Mexico (at the invitation of Napoleon III) between 1864 and 1866, but was deposed and executed by the forces of the Republic of Mexico. Borba de Moraes (1983) II, p.937; Nissen BBI 2112; Stafleu & Cowan 16844.
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