Article number: 4223
Upsala, Joh. Edman, 1788-93. 8vo. [xxiv] + 390; + [xxx] + 384; + [xii] + 1-286, 289-389, 400-414; +  + 1-285, 288-342 pp. (irregular pagination) + engraved head-piece in volume one (Cape of Good Hope) + 10 engraved plates (7 of which folding). Without half-titles.
Presentation copy of the first edition of C. P. Thunberg’s (1743-1828) important account of his travels to southern Europe, South Africa, Java, Japan and Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
Thunberg was a Swedish naturalist and an apostle of Carl Linnaeus, and has been called "the father of South African botany", "pioneer of Occidental Medicine in Japan" and the "Japanese Linnaeus".
Four volumes, roughly contemporary quarter calf, smooth spines with labels lettered in gilt as title and ”Skänkt af Auctor” (”Given by the Author”).
Light wear; regrettably a recent owner has faintly retouched insignificant stains and miscolorations throughout, and a dampstain in volume 2, with white chalk. Small marginal repair in part 2, front free endpaper in final part with a closed tear.
Ownership inscription in each volume: ”C. R. Borgenstjerna 16/12 1813”. Despite the lack of autograph inscription there can be no doubt that these volumes were once a gift from Thunberg himself, almost certainly to Carl Robert Borgenstierna (1790-1838), later a military medical doctor and a member of the first Swedish Linnean Society (Linneanska Samfundet, est. 1832).
Borgenstierna’s acquisition is dated 1813 during his medical studies at Uppsala University, where he graduated in 1817. Thunberg, professor of medicine and botany there from 1784 until his death in 1828, must have been his teacher.
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