Cactaceae of the boundery.
Washington, 1859, 1. edition, pp. 1-68, 73-78 (corr.), engraved frontispiece and 74 (only of) 75 engraved plates, 4to (220 x 289 mm), marbled edges, calf-backed boards with gilt-decorated and lettered spine with raised bands (rebacked using original backstrip, of which upper part is missing). United States and Mexican boundery survey, under the order of W.H. Emory. With an interuption of pages between pp. 68-73, which are probably half-titles, like the copy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Library. The missing plate 14 supplied in photocopy.
€ 400The US boundary commission was involved both in boundary demarcation and mapping and in natural sciences. The results were published by one of the commissioners, William H. Emory, in a report entitled United States and Mexican Boundary Survey. George Engelmann described the collected material in the chapter devoted to cacti. This resulted in accurate cactus descriptions illustrated by 75 extraordinary steel-engraved plates. They were especially made in Paris under the close supervision of the author and are now kept at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington.
* Pritzel 2714; Nissen BBI 602; Stafleu & Cowan 32.954.