Stockholm: Lars Salvii, 1753-1761. First edition. Small octavos (ca. 18x10,5 cm). 3 vols. , , , 484, ; , 526, ; , 538,  pp. With a copper engraved plate in vol. 3 (bound as unfolded) and several woodcut headings, initials and illustrations in text (including two full-page illustrations in vol. 1). Attractive period style brown full calf with elaborate gilt tooled ornaments on the spines and morocco gilt lettered title labels. Early 20th century (paper labels attached to the rear pastedown endpapers); marbled endpapers; all edges coloured. Paper slightly age toned, but overall a very good copy.
First edition published in Swedish (German edition would follow a year later, in 1754-1764; and English in 1770-71). "One of the most important and reliable eighteenth-century accounts of American natural history, social organization, and political situation" (Streeter). "Most trustworthy description of Swedish settlements in 18th century Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania" (Howes). "A work of high character, especially for its natural history... It contains some interesting notices of the Swedish colonies in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. It is still referred to by writers as presenting a truthful account of the countries visited by the author" (Sabin). “Kalm wrote his important 18th century account of American natural history. He travelled in America (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Canada) between 1748 and 1751 "with a view of introducing plants for food, medicine or manufacture in Sweden" (The Linnaeus catalogue, Sandbergs bokhandel, 1957). Among other tasks assigned him by Linnaeus, was to find strains of Morus rubra, a plant which should supply food for silk worms”. (Stockholm's Auktionsverk). “Commissioned by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and encouraged by Linnaeus, Kalm visited Philadelphia, Germantown, Wilmington, New Bristol, Trenton, Princeton, New York, Salem, Rapaapo, Albany, Saratoga, Fort Anne, Lake Champlain, Montreal, Quebec, St. Paul, and Sault au Recollet. His narrative includes observations on the natives and their customs, religion, and social institutions (Sotheby’s). The copper engraved plate is one of the first depictions of the Cohoes Falls on the Mohawk River (modern day state of New York). Schiötz 511a***. Pritzel 4572. Krok 337:8.
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