The fascinating world of plants and flowers of the Carpathian Basin: with its 280 hand-colored plates one of the most beautiful botanical works of all time

Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae

Vienna (Austria) — 1802–1812

Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae

Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae

Vienna (Austria) — 1802–1812

  1. This collection of the plants and flowers of the Carpathian Basin is one of the most beautiful books of its type

  2. The three volume work represents the findings of the famous biologist Paul Kitaibel (1757–1817) from his travels

  3. It was financed by Count Franz Waldstein (1759–1823), an Austrian commander who studied botany under Kitaibel

Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae

Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae

Salvia nutans

Commonly called “nodding sage” due to its drooping bunches of blue flowers, Salvia nutans, is indigenous to the meadows of Central and Eastern Europe with a range extending as far as Siberia. Although rarely used in European gardens as an ornamental plant, it was imported to North America due to its peculiar and interesting clusters of overhanging flowers. The plant has since gone “wild” and become naturalized in the states of Minnesota and New York.

Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae

Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
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Short Description

After a career in the Austrian Army, Count Franz von Waldstein (1759–1823) devoted himself to botany and commissioned one of the most important works of the emerging science: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae. Written by Paul Kitaibel (1757–1817), professor of botany at the University of Pest, its three volumes are a summation of his years of travel and observation throughout Hungary, Croatia, and adjoining regions. This important text is decorated with 280 colored engravings detailing the flora, fauna, minerals, and even folklore of the regions he visited.

Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae

This collection of the plants and flowers of the Carpathian Basin is one of the most beautiful books of its type. Paul Kitaibel (1757–1817), the famous botanist made long journeys in the Carpathian Basin at the end of the 18th century. During these trips, he collected and described the different plants, rocks, and analyzed the mineral water as well. This work was the basis for the 3 volumes presented here in this richly illustrated album. It contains 280 beautifully hand-colored engraved plates of which 16 fold out. This is a fine, unabridged, and unusually fresh copy of the first (and only) edition of this monumental study of the flora of Hungary and adjacent territories, including Croatia, with splendid graphics in the Viennese ‘Jacquin’ style.

A Grand Botanical Research Project

The text is by Paul Kitaibel, professor of botany at the University of Pest. He spent much of his career roaming Hungary and collecting botanical, zoological, and mineralogical specimens as well as folklore. His collections of botanical and mineralogical specimens formed the basis for the natural history collection of the Hungarian National Museum. The work was financed by Count Franz Waldstein (1759–1823), an Austrian military leader who fought against the Turks in the Austro-Turkish War (1788–91), Russia, and various North African states as a Maltese knight. Beginning in 1789, he devoted himself to botany, travelling with Kitaibel through Hungary collecting plants, interspersed with military service. His herbarium is stored today in Prague. The water colors are signed by Hirscher and the plates are engraved by Karl Schutz after drawings by his son Johann.

Codicology
Size / Format
3 volumes - 676 pages / 48.8 × 34.5 cm
Date
1802–1812
Language
Illustrations
280 handcoloured engraved plates
Content
Herbarium
Artist / School
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae

Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae

Waldsteinia geoides

Waldsteinia is a genus of Rosaceae, the rose family, which appears in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere across the world. It is sometimes referred to as “barren strawberry” due to its appearance, especially when its yellow flowers are not in bloom. Thanks to its hearty root system, three varieties are cultivated as perennial ground cover in gardens in North America, Europe, and Asia, respectively.
The European variety, Waldsteinia geoides, is indigenous to the southeast of the continent and its range extends from Hungary and Croatia to the western regions of Ukraine. At the top of the page, the five stages of the plant’s flowering period, which occurs from April to May, is depicted in detail from bud to seed.

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Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
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Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae
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3 volumes: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
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Pytheas Books – Budapest, 2020
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding. Volume I: 143 black and white pages and 100 color pages (illustrations), printed on one side. Volume II: 156 black and white pages and 100 color pages (illustrations), printed on one side. Volume III: 97 black and white pages and 80 color pages (illustrations), printed on one side.
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Paul Kitaibel: Descriptiones Et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae Facsimile

3 volumes: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Pytheas Books – Budapest, 2020
Binding
Half canvas hard cover binding
More Information
Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding. Volume I: 143 black and white pages and 100 color pages (illustrations), printed on one side. Volume II: 156 black and white pages and 100 color pages (illustrations), printed on one side. Volume III: 97 black and white pages and 80 color pages (illustrations), printed on one side. In volume I there is a 4 page study, in volume II and volume III there is a 6-page plant description.
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