Half black morocco over marbled boards, gilt spine title
1881 · Flumine Januario / Rio de Janeiro
by Velloso, José Mariano da Conceição [or Vellozo]
Flumine Januario / Rio de Janeiro: Typ. Economica, 1881. First complete edition. Half black morocco over marbled boards, gilt spine title. A very good copy, boards rubbed, repaired tear and closed tear on Volume V half title and title page.. xii, [vii], 467,  pp. 4to. Published in (and taking up the entire volume) of Archivos do Museu Nacional do Rio De Janeiro. Volume V. 1880 (1881). Added title page: Petro nomine ac imperio primo Brasiliensis imperii perpetuo defensore ... jubente, Flora fluminensis a' fr. Josepho Mariano a Conceptione Vellozo Ordinis monorum collecta, descripta, et elaborata anno M.D. CC. XC. Ex M.S. cod. Imperialis bibliothecæ eruta nunc primo etitur. Flumine Januario, A.D.M. DCCC. XXV, imperii IV. José Xavier Veloso (1742-1811), born in what is now Minas Gerais, Brazil, was ordained in 1766 in the convent of St. Anthony in Rio de Janeiro, where he studied philosophy and theology, later geometry in San Paulo, and finally natural history. He collected plants, animals, and minerals in the Rio de Janeiro area from 1783 to 1790 at which time he moved to Lisbon where he worked at the Royal Academy of Sciences while preparing Florae Fluminensis, his greatest work, for publication. Using the Linnaeus' system of sexual classification of plants, he prepared very highly detailed texts and 1700 prints, many of them of new species. But the publication of the work was beset by problems. First sent to Venice, the plates were never completed. Later the French invasion of the Iberian peninsular, sent the Portuguese government, then Veloso and his manuscripts, into exile in Brazil, where he died in 1811. In 1825 an abbreviated version of the text was published, followed by the eleven volumes of the Icones in 1827, of which few copies survive. The complete text was not published until this edition in 1881. [Bound with and proceeded by] Archivos do Museu Nacional do Rio De Janeiro. Volume IV. 1879. (Rio, 1881). [viii], 151,  pp + vii plates. Folded color plate split at fold. Volume subtitle: Insectologia. Includes Müller, Fritz: A metamorphose de um insecto diptero among other works. Rodrigues 2473. Sabin 98833n. For the shorter version of 1825 see: Barba de Moraes II, p. 343. Pritzel 468. Jackson 377. Innocencio V.5 4258; V.13, p.122. Also see Nissen BBI 2046.
(Inventory #: 45183)