Dresden: Wilhelm Baensch, [1885-86]. Sixth edition. Hardcover. Large quarto (11 1/2 x 8 1/2"). xix, , 202, , 146pp (Vol. 1);  leaf (Title), 150 leaves (Plates), as issued (Vol. 2); 1 leaf (Title), 151-300 leaves (Plates), as issued (Vol. 3). Publisher's original illustrated olive cloth, with gold and black lettering to spines and front covers. Marbled paper edges.
Edited by Felix von Thümen (1839-1892), a German botanist and mycologist, this splendidly produced 3-volume set (text volume, and two plate volumes) is David Nathaniel Friedrich Dietrich's sixth edition of "Forst-Flora," a monumental illustrated survey of forest flora containing no less than 300 striking hand-colored copperplates, after illustrious botanical illustrators such as de Candolle, Wildenows, and Sprengels.
Originally published in two volumes between 1828 and 1833, Dietrich's "Forst-Flora" soon became the reference work in its field.
Moderate rubbing along edges of bindings. Some foxing to endpapers. Minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Upper corner of fly leaf in first volume chipped. Ex-library stamp and reference sticker to each title. Ex-library stamp at lower margin of a few pages in text volume (never affecting text), and at lower margin of a few plates (also never affecting images). Text in German. Bindings in overall good, interior in good to very good, plates in very good condition. g to vg. Item #43896
David Nathaniel Friedrich Dietrich (1800-1888) was a German botanist and gardener. In 1828 Dietrich worked as a botanical gardener in Jena. In 1836 he received his doctorate at the University of Jena, and later served as a curator at the botanical garden in the same city. He was the nephew of the botanist Friedrich Gottlieb Dietrich (1765-1850). Dietrich wrote pamphlets on poisonous plants, mosses, forest flora and fauna of Germany, as well as several botanical encyclopedias. His five-volume "Synopsis Plantarum" features about 80,000 species and 524 genera. The five-volume "Deutschlands Flora" published between 1833 and 1864 contains no less than 1150 colored plates. The two-volume "Forst Flora" and the 476 booklets of the comprehensive "Flora Universalis" are his most famous work.