Pp. 1-78; 76 monochrome steel engraved plates including the frontispiece plate of the Gila cactus (Cereus giganteus). Early one-half black polished leather over the original black pebble-cloth-covered boards, lg 4to. From the series: Emory, W.H. - Report of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey made under direction of the Department of the Interior, Part I - Botany of the Boundary. Engelmann was a German-American botanist who was instrumental in describing the flora of the west of North America, then very poorly known; he was particularly active in the Rocky Mountains and northern Mexico (from Wiki). This monograph provides the first thorough descriptions with illustrations of many cacti species. Small ink name stamp of W. E. Skinner on front endpaper. Mild offsetting from the frontispiece only onto the facing page of text, scattered foxing to the title page and to the last six plates, the remainder of the text and plates are generally bright and clean except for a few that show light marginal foxing, the binding is bright with no signs of wear; a tight copy in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 6165
Title: Cactaceae of the Boundary (United States and...
Publisher: Washington: Government Printing Office, . First edition.
Publication Date: 1859
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