Backeberg, Curt: Die Cactaceae. Handbuch der Kakteenkunde.  Backeberg, Curt: Die Cactaceae. Handbuch der Kakteenkunde.
Backeberg, Curt
Die Cactaceae. Handbuch der Kakteenkunde.
Jena, Gustav Fischer, 1958-1962, 1. edition, 6 volumes: - 1, pp. i-xvi, 1-638, (1), 618 text-illustrations and 35 plates; - 2, pp. xvii-xxiv, 639-1360, (1), 696 text-illustrations and 72 plates; - 3, pp. [xxv-xxx], 1361-1926, (4), 539 text-illustrations and 53 plates; - 4, pp. xxxi-xxxvii, 1927-2629, (1), 653 text-illustrations and 51 plates; - 5, pp. [xxxviii-xlii], 2631-3543, (1), 737 text-illustrations and 44 plates; - 6, pp. [xliii-xlvii], 3545-4041, 307 text-illustrations; large 8vo (167 x 238 mm), gilt-lettered cloth. Fine set.
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Monumental work. The photo-illustrations are partly in colour. "Backeberg set out to monograph the entire Family from varieties and species upwards eventually achieved in the six bulky volumes of "Die Cactaceae" nearly doubled the number of genera recognised by his predecessors, and great was the wailing and gnashing of teeth from those who thought that Britton and Rose had already gone too far in atomisation." (Rowley).
* Stafleu & Cowan Supplement I p. 237; Gordon Douglas Rowley: A history of succulent plants pp. 283-284.