BOTANICAL SAINT’S CARDS. A fine collection of Saint's Cards, each with a moveable flower emblem. Einsiedeln: Charles and Nicholas Benziger; Prague: I.F. Marouschek, J. Pashmeyer; Ufer: N. Kremplsetzer, [ca, 1850].

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66 fine lithographed cards with original hand-colour (4 x 3 in.; 10 x 7.6 cm.), tipped-in to loose sheets (10 x 13 ½ in.; 25.4 x 34.2 cm.) preserved in a tan cloth clamshell box.

Superb collection of finely lithographed and hand-coloured cards, EACH DEPICTING A PARTICULAR SAINT CONCEALED BENEATH AN EXQUISITE MOVEABLE FLOWER EMBLEM.  The common and scientific name of the flower, the name of the saint, and a passage from scripture are all printed in German either above or below the image. While most of the cards were printed in Prague (44), 4 were issued by the esteemed firm of Benziger in Einsiedeln, 2 by N. Kremplsetzer in Ufer, one by W. Hoffman, and another 17 without an imprint. Charles and Nicholas Benziger succeeded their father in his small publishing business in the Swiss mountain village of Einsiedeln in 1833, and "began the lithographing of religious pictures, as well as the coloring of them by hand, before the introduction of chromolithography.  PROVENANCE: From the distinguished library of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, their sale 21st November 1986, lot 122 A.  Originally dedicated in 1961 as the Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Botanical Library, an international center for bibliographical research and service in the interests of botany and horticulture, as well as a center for the study of all aspects of the history of the plant sciences, the name was later changed to the  Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. # 72nhr18